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Road Ahead: Can Cubs stay hot vs. Tigers, Braves?

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Road Ahead: Can Cubs stay hot vs. Tigers, Braves?

The Cubs fell victim to a dominant performance by Chris Sale on Sunday, ending their nine-game winning streak.

But that doesn't mean the Cubs aren't still rolling. They're winners of 16 of their last 19 games and despite Sunday's loss remain one of the hottest teams in baseball.

This week brings series with the Tigers and Braves at Wrigley Field, and the Cubs will be looking to stay hot.

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How have they done it? How has a team of young players rapidly become one of baseball's best? CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney answered that question Sunday.

"The Cubs feel as though they're almost invincible at this point, almost unbeatable," Mooney said. "And the Cubs have certainly been healthy throughout most of the year, that's been a huge factor in this. They've had a number of rookies step forward, which whether or not the Cubs were a year ahead of schedule, it probably would've been unfair to expect them to be this good this soon at this age. And I really think you see them just riding this wave of momentum here. They see what's in front of them, they're trying to chase down the Pittsburgh Pirates. And they know that even though people were talking about 2016, 2017, you look around the National League now, they're right there with anyone. If you've got Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in a short series, I think they take their chances."

Take a look at what else Mooney had to say about the Cubs in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.