Day: October 13, 2017

‘Deep depth’ cuts several ways for postseason Chicago Cubs

Ian Happ's early arrival gave the Cubs too much depth where Albert Almora was concerned.

Ian Happ’s early arrival gave the Cubs too much depth where Albert Almora was concerned.

Wherever Jerry Krause is now, he’d say the Cubs possess “deep depth.”

The double three-peat Bulls GM was also a crafty baseball scout. Krause would smile ear-to-ear at the position-player options – some say too many – that Joe Maddon possesses as the Cubs once again advance deep into the postseason.

Going into their second straight National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cubs faced the usual matchup-and-rest questions.

How much will their grueling five-game Division Series against the Washington Nationals, followed by their cross-country flight taking up part of the off-day, take away from their edge? Then the usual opponent vs. opponent scenarios: rested lefties Clayton Kershaw and ex-Cub Rich Hill along with lights-out closer Kenley Jansen against the Cubs lineup, compared with getting Cubs closer Wade Davis back on track after his longest – and somewhat shaky – outing of the year to close out Game 5 vs. the Nats.

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