Jed Hoyer: Still Time For Cubs To 'Rewrite That Script'

"I do believe in this group," Hoyer says.

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August 15, 2019 - 4:23 pm

(670 The Score) As the Cubs sit tied atop the NL Central on the strength of sensational play at home but carry worry because of their continued road woes, general manager Jed Hoyer stressed Thursday that time remains to define what the team is this season.

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"It's sort of human nature, we're 75 percent or so through the season, I think you start to think that this is what the season's all about -- 'There's no way a different ending is going to be written, I kind of know what's going on,'" Hoyer told Danny Parkins on 670 The Score. "The truth is we don't. At this point last year, Christian Yelich hadn't really caught fire to the extent that he did later. The Brewers hadn't caught fire yet. You look around baseball, there's plenty of incredible stories about the last 30 or 40 games of the season. So I still think there's plenty of time to rewrite that script and not feel like an extension of last year. But I do understand why people would say that. I do feel like it's been a little bit frustrating with our inability to go on the road and extend some of the good feelings.

"We've kind of ridden that wave up and down, up and down all season. That's frustrating for me, for Theo (Epstein), for Joe (Maddon), and I know it's very frustrating for the fans as well. So I understand why people would say (this feels like the disappointing 2018), but I do believe in this group. I think that we have shown at home that we can be a really good team. We just need to do it on the road. If we can do that, we can kind of rewrite that script where it doesn't feel like 2018."

At 64-56, the Cubs entered played Thursday tied with the Cardinals (63-56) for first place in the NL Central, with the Brewers (63-58) sitting 1.5 games back. The Cubs are 41-19 at Wrigley Field this season and 23-37 away from it.

"We have to figure it out," Hoyer said of the road woes. "We all know if we don't figure it out, it's going to end up being the thing that sank us this year. There's still a quarter of the season left. There's still a lot of road games left, but we need to figure it out now. You can't just keep going on the road like this and losing series and expect to go where you want to go."