The Chicago Cubs are not nearly as dominant as they appear to be

Aroldis Chapman traded to Cubs

When the Chicago Cubs traded for closer Aroldis Chapman it was viewed by many as adding a great player to an already dominant World Series favorite. In reality, the Cubs have been fantastically mediocre for nearly half a season and one reliever is not going to fix all their woes.

The Cubs fueled the preseason hype by jumping out to a 25-6 record to start the season. The good news for the Northsiders is that those wins are in the bank and nobody can take them away. The bad news is that dominance is a distant memory.

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In the 68 games since that hot start, the Cubs are 34-34. There are 13 MLB teams who have more wins in their last 68 games, including the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros, who are both 42-26. Other teams that have been better than the Cubs for 42% of the entire 162-game schedule include the New York Yankees, a team who just officially became sellers by trading away Chapman.


Adding Chapman to the mix certainly makes the Cubs better, but he is still just a relief pitcher. In the nearly 70 games this season in which the Yankees had Chapman on the roster, despite his dominance, he was still only worth 1.4 wins (WAR).

There is a lot of pressure on the Cubs to win the World Series, even more with Chapman in the fold. But the Cubs are going to need to play a lot better if they are going to end their championship drought.


Highest paid MLB players - 2016
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Highest paid MLB players - 2016

T-25. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees & James Shields, San Diego Padres: $21,000,000

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24. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: $21,118,782

(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

23. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees: $21,142,857

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

22. Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals: $21,571,428

(Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

21. Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,607,142

(Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

20. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers: $21,857,142

(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

T-18. Jose Reyes, Colorado Rockies & Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees: $22,000,000

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17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers: $22,125,000

(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

16. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals: $22,142,857

(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

15. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox: $22,750,000

(Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

14. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins: $23,000,000

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

13. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: $23,125,000

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

12. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers: $23,500,000

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11. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: $24,000,000

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

T-7. C.C Sabathia, New York Yankees; Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies; Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels; Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs: $25,000,000

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6. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: $25,857,142

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T-4. Miguel Cabrera & Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: $28,000,000

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3. David Price, Boston Red Sox: $30,000,000

 (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

2. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks: $34,000,000

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers: $34,571,428

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)


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