Nelson Velazquez


There was a familiar face back at Wrigley Field on Monday for the series opener against the Cardinals. Almost exactly a year ago, on May 17, Christopher Morel was an emergency call-up from Double-A Tennessee, and he announced himself to the home crowd with authority. Pinch hitting for Patrick Wisdom in the eighth inning against the Pirates that day, Morel…

It’s no secret this Cubs team isn’t necessarily built with much comeback potential, especially not when they’re facing large deficits. The focus of the offseason was on shoring up the starting pitching depth, adding a couple of backend bullpen pieces and putting Gold Glove-caliber defenders around the field. Run prevention, not run production, is what’s supposed to earn the Cubs…