Cubs Continue to Struggle on the Road
The Cubs lost another road series at San Francisco this past week bringing them to a record of 19-32, two games worse than they were after 51 games last year. They are 1 ½ games behind the Astros which makes them the worst team in baseball. They hold a 9-19 road record this season. The Cubs have also been shutout seven times, this being the second time it has happened back-to-back, and have played 20 innings without scoring a single run. *Exhale* That was a mouthful…
The Cubs did pull off a W in the first game of the series. This gave Jeff Samardzija his first, and very overdue, win of the season with an 8-4 victory. Then, they followed up the good vibes from Monday’s game with back-to-back shutouts losing 4-0 on Tuesday and 5-0 on Wednesday. Typical. Cue the music.
The main component in this series loss was, offense. No surprise here. In Monday’s victory the Cubs managed 14 hits, with 8 runs. Clearly, some of the best offense they’ve played all year. However, the Cubs managed less than half of those hits on Tuesday, earning only six and no runs. Then earning less than half of that on Wednesday with only two hits and again, no runs. Side shout out to John Baker, who had five hits all season, helped the Cubs maintain their only positive streak: longest in the majors without being no-hit. Still, the offense must improve.
The conclusive message here: the Cubs aren’t a good team and the Giants are. They have the best record in MLB (continued today against a win over St. Louis), and their performance against the Cubs proved they deserve it.
The Cubs head into another road series in Milwaukee tonight, who hold the best record in the NL Central by three games. Although the Cubbies took the last three-game set against the Brewers, it is worth mentioning those games were played at Wrigley Field. Both teams come into the series with a 5-5 record over the last 10 games. However, the Brewers are working off of a two game winning streak, while the Cubs head in with a two game losing streak. Actually, it’s a two game shutout streak. The Cubs really need this series not only to improve their record, but more importantly, to gain an ounce of dignity.