The Dan Dakich Show
Chicago Cubs keep on rolling. Dave Kaplan joins the show.
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Joining DD on his first day back is Dave Kaplan, NBC Sports Chicago broadcaster for the Cubs to talk about the success the team has been having. They also have recently acquired pitcher Craig Kimbrel and hoping will lead to more success. How high is the roof for this Chicaco Cubs team?
Are the Cubs the best team in the National League?
"No, they are the second best right now. The Dodgers have earned the moniker 'The Best Team in the National League.' I think the Cubs can get there, it's a good week for them in terms of test. They're going into a park in Colorado starting tonight, that Colorado plays really good at home. Nolan Arenado splits home to road dramatically different well over a hundred points of OPS. We will see how they fair there, not as easy a place to pitch at times. Then Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they are Dodger Stadium. So seven days and seven games playing good competition. We will see how it fare's but regardless of what happens this week if they healthy, they are one of five teams that can win the World Series."
Do you guys talk the White Sox often on your show and what are your thoughts on their ability to finish above .500?
"We do talk about them, we had Lucas Giolito on the show last week. Do I think they wil finish .500? I don't because they don't have enough starting pitching. Michael Kopech out for the year with Tommy John. They have holes in starting pitching. They aren't going out, they didn't get Keuchel. They aren't making any dramatic trades unless something for the future. I could see them getting to 75 or 78 wins but I don't think they can get to .500."
The Chicago Cubs are currently on a 3 game winning streak and hope to win the NL Central this year.