It’s easy to get caught up in the downward spiral that is currently the state of the Chicago Cubs. The sky is finally falling. I cannot remember a time when I was more nervous the Cubs weren’t going to make the playoffs. Actually I can. It was 2014. Say that aloud friends. 2014 was the last time the Chicago Cubs did not make the playoffs. That is absolutely insane. And a little bit of a wake-up call. This season we have been met with much adversity. More than what we have now. Think about how excited we were during our off season of getting Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow and Tyler Chatwood (I want to know who was excited about this because I am assuming someone was). Our pitching front to back was stacked. While there were many naysayers that said Darvish was not as good as advertised, Morrow was injury prone and Chatwood’s change of scenery wasn’t going to save him, I remained hopeful that these guys would be huge for the Cubs in 2018. And in a few ways they were. 3 names that we didn’t foresee in a Chicago Cubs uniform at the end of the season, Cole Hammels, Daniel Murphy and Jesse Chavez. These guys have been instrumental in getting this team to their current record. Still the best in the National League. It is completely justified to be worried at this point. Just as we always do, we have a target on our back but this time Milwaukee has serious motivation to catch and pass us by. You think they aren’t still reeling about the amount of Cubs fans that enjoyed all those wins at Miller? You think they aren’t absolutely sick of being the little brother who is never mentioned? They are over it and want a piece of the division title and aren’t intimidated by the Chicago Cubs anymore. They want blood and they can smell it right now. The key to this is how this Chicago Cubs team responds to this adversity. I know some of you are saying “they haven’t” because our offense has been stagnant lately. I get that. BUT, remember, there is far too much talent top to bottom on this roster for them to sit on their hands yet another game. Tonight, I feel as though this team knows the magnitude of this game. I envision one, maybe just one, of the leaders on this team will step up and do what needs to be done to get the W tonight. Many parts of the Chicago Cubs have been on a roller coaster this season, but one thing that has not changed is the toughness and togetherness this team has. Let’s all remember the Cubs are 10-7 against the Brewers, we have found ways to beat this tough team 10 times. The eleventh win is going to be the biggest and it happens tonight. Until next time…….Bryz.