The Cubs know nine-figure contracts for 30-something pitchers are ticking time bombs. They understood what the data said when they gave Jon Lester six years and $155 million guaranteed.
For all the unbridled optimism and positivity surrounding the Cubs, they’ll still have to get through Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole to make their first playoff appearance since 2008 count.
Hold the confetti. Keep the champagne bottles corked. Unplug the smoke machine.
For a few hours, at least.
The Pittsburgh Pirates know where to find Chris Coghlan if they believe in eye-for-an-eye justice.
The Cubs are having their best season in years and enter the week with their magic number for clinching a wild card berth at five.