No, the first half wasn’t pretty. At all.

The Cubs entered the All-Star break 22 games under .500 and a whole lot closer to the Reds at the bottom of the division (1/2 game above last place in the NL Central) than the Brewers at the top (14 1/2 games out of first). As tough as Cubs fans knew this season was going to be, it’s looking worse than many probably could’ve expected.

There isn’t a playoff appearance on the way for the Cubs this year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything for fans to pay attention to. From young starters to breakout position players to trade chips, there are plenty of storylines to follow in the second half. Thus, our CHGO Cubs group put together answers to some of the burning questions as the second half gets underway.

Let’s get into it.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter and podcaster for CHGO. I've previously covered MLB for and a bunch of other sports for a bunch of other outlets. Follow me on Twitter @ryan_a_herrera