Kamil Krzaczynski - USA Today Sports
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Jed Hoyer reacts to Cubs being in last place


by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs know they need to play much better if they want to make the playoffs.

The season is at its halfway point, and the Cubs are sitting 11.5 games back of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and five games out of the wild-card standings.

Cubs President Jed Hoyer understands how badly the Cubs have played baseball the last few months.

“I still feel incredibly bullish on those things, but it has been a rough two-month stretch,” Hoyer said recently. “I don’t think it takes away from all those things that are there — the farm system, the good young talent, etc. But at the same time, yeah, I get it. I think that our projection win totals were higher this year than last year, internally and externally.

Hoyer is frustrated with the team, just like the dedicated Cubs fanbase.

“I think that when you look at the way we performed this year with a team that’s stronger, it’s less. And is that frustrating to me? Absolutely. And if it’s frustrating to me, I have to imagine it’s frustrating to the fans. So yeah, I think that it is something that I completely empathize with.”

Hoyer understands that a lot of young talent is ready to help with the ballclub's next chapter.

“I would also argue I think that casting everything in a negative light based on two months, I think that’s also a mistake,” Hoyer said. “I think that we have a really talented roster. I think we have a ton of young talent on this team. We have a ton of young talent in the minor leagues. There’s a lot of really good things happening.

Hoyer doesn't want to overreact to what he has seen in the last two months and hopes that the club will rebound.

“I think it’s a danger to sort of paint everything with a brush of what’s happened, over these two months, just as it would have been inappropriate at the end of April to start planning a parade.”

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