Cubs Corner with Bob Fiorante: Cubs, White Sox, playoff teams, MLB awards, more


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The Cubs are currently 65-77 on the season (Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports)
The Cubs are currently 65-77 on the season (Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports)

On this edition of the Cubs Corner, presented by Coach’s Bar and Grill, Anthony welcomed AL Insider Robert Fiorante back to the show to discuss the Cubs, White Sox, playoff teams, and MLB awards as the season winds down.

Anthony began the episode by apologizing for the hiatus, and updated viewers on the trades that sent Joc Pederson to the Braves, Andrew Chafin to the A’s, Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox, Trevor Williams and Javier Baez to the Mets, Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees, Kris Bryant to the Giants and Jake Marisnick to the Padres.

Following the update of the roster change, Anthony and Bob outlined the Cubs' previous seven-game winning streak — including superb play from Frank Schwindel and Ian Happ. Plus, the pair outlined the success that Patrick Wisdom and Rafael Ortega have had since the trade deadline despite the Cubs being in fourth place in the NL Central and over ten games below .500.

Despite the team-wide struggles, both Anthony and Bob pointed out the fact that the Cubs do have some nice pieces intact for a future Cubs team — including some of the prospects acquired at the trade deadline. Bob went into depth about the players the Cubs acquired from the White Sox at the deadline, Nick Madrigal and Cody Heuer.

In addition, the pair gave their award predictions and division winners for the rest of the year.

ANTHONY' PREDICTIONS:

AL EAST Rays

AL WEST Astros

AL CENTRAL White Sox

WILD CARDS Yankees, Red Sox

NL EAST Braves

NL WEST Giants

NL CENTRAL Brewers

WILD CARDS Dodgers, Padres

AL MVP Shohei Ohtani

NL MVP Fernando Tatis Jr.

AL CY YOUNG Gerritt Cole

NL CY YOUNG Walker Buehler

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Adolis Garcia

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Trevor Rogers

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR Tony La Russa

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR Gabe Kapler

BOB'S PREDICTIONS:

AL EAST Rays

AL WEST Astros

AL CENTRAL White Sox

WILD CARDS Red Sox, Yankees

NL EAST Phillies

NL WEST Dodgers

NL CENTRAL Brewers

WILD CARDS Giants, Reds

AL MVP Shohei Ohtani

NL MVP Bryce Harper

AL CY YOUNG Robbie Ray

NL CY YOUNG Corbin Burnes

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Adolis Garcia

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Jonathan India

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR Scott Servais

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR Gabe Kapler

As always this episode is brought to you by Coach’s Bar and Grill and is available on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, and the CubsHQ website.

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