For at least one game, the Cubs had the formula down pat: Timely hitting, good starting pitching and an effective bullpen.
The group that looks out across the Pittsburgh skyline and runs onto the field at PNC Park on Monday afternoon won’t be the same one that shows up for Game 162.
The Cubs missed on their top target in free agency (Masahiro Tanaka) and they’ve considered trading their best pitcher (Jeff Samardzija).
Cubs executives looked at the closer’s job as a carrot they could dangle in free agency. Now Jose Veras has the chance to work the ninth inning at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs are looking for a closer and John Axford has already posted the personal classified ad on his Twitter account.