Cubs Continue to Struggle on the Road

Buster
San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey hits an RBI fly in the first inning of Tuesday’s game on May 27, 2014.  (Photo/George Nikitin – AP Photo)

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.

Advertisements

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

DePaul Blog Demons

DePaul University Sports Blogging Course

Black Ice: Road to the Stanley Cup

Your stop for all things Chicago Blackhawks

Windy City Wildcats

DePaul University graduate student covering University of Kentucky Men's basketball

Bringing the Heat

If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of Miami

Lob City Blog

All about the Los Angeles Clippers

chicagoseered

Foremost Bulls opinions, list, and embarrassing moments

WINDY CITY SOX-SIDERS

White Sox Baseball

Laker Nation: All Access

EVERYTHING LAKERS!

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: