So far, Cubs living up to the hype

Sep 14, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) runs to third base after an error by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Aug 27, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler hits an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Mar 10, 2015; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant bats in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training baseball game at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports,Sep 14, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) runs to third base after an error by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Aug 27, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler hits an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Mar 10, 2015; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant bats in the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training baseball game at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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So far, so good.

There is a lot of baseball left to be played, but if the first month is any indication, the Cubs are going to be playing meaningful baseball games late into the season.

Prior to the 2015 season, there was a lot of hype and a lot of talk about the Cubs, but it was merely that, hype.

Now the team has started to back up that talk with on-field results.

“We know what we have in this clubhouse,” Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel told CSN Chicago. “We’re excited. It starts with Joe. He’s given us one hell of a feel. He came in and made up know that we’re going to have a good time while we were winning.”

It’s important to note that there’s still more than five months left in the season, but getting off to a strong start is vital – a fact first baseman Anthony Rizzo is well aware of.

“Huge,” Rizzo said. “We preached it in spring training: We got to survive April. We can’t put ourselves in a hole like we’ve done in years past. We’re doing a good job of coming to the park every day and playing with a lot of energy, having fun and really playing with a purpose.”

(h/t: CSN Chicago)