With their magic number for a playoff berth in single digits and three wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates under their belt, the Chicago Cubs aren’t shy about thinking about a World Series championship this fall.
Catcher Miguel Montero, who has been pointed to as a veteran presence in the locker room and one of the team’s most outspoken cheerleaders this season, isn’t hedging his bets in October.
“We can win it all,” he said in an interview with CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney Friday. “I believe in my team. And I believe we can do something special. You just got to prove it.”
The Cubs took a big step toward proving they can hang with the best teams in the National League during their last road trip, which saw them take two out of three games from the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals and three out of four games from the Pirates, whom the Cubs now trail by just two games in the race for the top NL wild card spot.
Montero has been a big part of the Cubs’ successes this season, belting 15 home runs and providing excellent defense behind the plate. Even though he has had to split time with David Ross and Kyle Schwarber at the catcher position, he is still buying into the culture that manager Joe Maddon is building in the Windy City.
“I would like to play every day, but you know what, we can’t control that,” he said. “When you’re winning…you can’t say much.”