When do teams know they have something special?
The Cubs are off to their hottest start since 2016. With an 11-3 record, this year’s team has been compared to the 2016 club that won the World Series. Bruce Levine and Ryan Sweeney discussed with Cole Wright about how teams know they have “something special” on Cubs Live!
For Levine, an ability to avoid consecutive losses is a key indicator. The Cubs are the only team in baseball to achieve that feat in 2020
“Because they have not lost two games in a row, that concentration is good. The other thing is this team has had a different lineup every day,” Levine said. “There’s been fighting for positions in center field, there’s been fighting for positions at second base. It’s a very positive mode but none the less, they’re trying to win those positions and do the best they can and it’s great to have competition on a very good team.”
Sweeney echoed Levine and added the guys are having fun and have assembled a group that fits the mold of what this team is all about.
“Rossy has that mode of being a former player, he has that good attitude but he wants you to go out there and grind and be a grinder and that’s what these guys do,” Sweeney said. “They haven’t lost two games in a row. They lose one game, they forget about it and you have the next game. With the shortened season, that’s how it has to be. You don’t want to go on those long losing streaks because you really can’t afford to do it.”
Check out the entire conversation from Cubs Live! in the video above