January 28, 2021

Chicago Cubs dominate as other teams struggle to deal with the coronavirus (ESPN)


The Chicago Cubs don’t want to think about it as taking advantage of another team’s situation, but the evidence keeps mounting: While opponents struggle to deal with coronavirus-related issues, the first-place team in the NL Central standings continues to be a model for the league off the field while dominating the competition on it. The Cubs’ 12-3 record is the best in baseball after a Tuesday/Wednesday sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

“I have a good team,” Cubs manager David Ross said Wednesday after his squad’s 7-2 victory. “We have good players. There is nothing to complain about because the talent is there, the character is there. The commitment, the focus, the energy, the work, all those things that seem easy and to bring every day, it’s not — especially in the environment we’re dealing with now.”

The Indians know that all too well, as they’re the latest Cubs opponent to experience turmoil in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Is it a coincidence that the Indians lost both games to the Cubs after placing starting pitchers Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger on the restricted list for breaking team protocols related to COVID-19? After going 17 straight contests…

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