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Epstein sees Cubs competing for division next year

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein made one thing clear. He sees no reason why his team can't compete for a division title next season.

With the arrival of top prospects such as Jorge Soler and bounce-back seasons from shortstop Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are ready to kick their rebuilding project into the next gear after finishing fifth in the NL Central for the fifth straight year.

"We now feel like we have the talent to compete, and anytime you have enough talent to compete, you want to set your sights high," Epstein said Tuesday. "The goal will be to win the NL Central."

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Leaders
AVG: S. Castro.292
HR: A. Rizzo32
RBI: A. Rizzo78
SB: A. Alcantara8
W: J. Arrieta10
ERA: T. Wood5.03
Saves: H. Rondon29
K: J. Arrieta167
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-St. Louis 9072.556-
Y-Pittsburgh 8874.5432
Milwaukee 8280.5068
Cincinnati 7686.46914
Chi Cubs 7389.45117
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .239 (27)
Runs: 614 (26)
Hits: 1315 (27)
Home Runs: 157 (5)
Stolen Bases: 65 (24)
OBP: .300 (28)
SLG: .385 (14)
Total Bases: 2118 (14)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.91 (21)
Runs Allowed: 707 (23)
Saves: 37 (23)
Strikeouts: 1311 (7)
OpBA: .252 (19)
OBP: .318 (19)
SLG: .376 (10)
Run Support: 3.78 (26)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/29 D. Beeler Called Up from Minors
9/29 J. Vitters Called Up from Minors
9/29 E. Whiteside Refused Minor League Assignment - Free Agent
9/27 C. Rusin Called Up from Minors - Not to Report
9/19 E. Jackson Removed From 15-Day DL (Strained right lat)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/16 A. Alcantara Right wrist soreness (day-to-day)
9/2 S. Castro Left ankle sprain - out 4-6 weeks (day-to-day)
8/27 R. Sweeney Strained left hamstring (on 60-day DL)
8/26 A. Rizzo Left game - lower back tightness (day-to-day)
8/23 J. Ruggiano Left ankle surgery - out for season (on 60-day DL)
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