Cubs Must Bring Offense in Series at Milwaukee

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The Chicago Cubs continue their travels today as they head to Milwaukee for a weekend three-game series against the Brewers. Currently, the Brewers maintain the best record in the NL Central with a .593 winning percentage.

The last time these rivals met, Cubs won two of the three at Wrigley. The Brewers followed that up with two more losses against the Braves, giving Milwaukee their longest losing streak this season.

However, I don’t expect the series to play out in Chicago’s favor this time. Especially if the offense continues to disappoint. Despite some excellent pitching (opposing teams are batting just .239), the Cubs are now the worst team in MLB and their offense is to blame. Cubs are collectively hitting .231, which is 29th in all of baseball, and have an on-base percentage of .298.

With Ryan Braun returning to the batting order, Milwaukee’s best hitter, followed by Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez, who is averaging .323 this season, the Cubs’ stellar pitching definitely has their work cut out for them.

Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo have entered a bit of a slump that must end if the Cubs have any chance at increasing their horrific 9-19 road record for the season. In the past seven days, Castro is batting a .174 and Rizzo has a .182. Mike Olt, leading National League Rookies with 10 home runs, also needs to step up his offense. With his last homer on May 18, Olt needs to begin making consistent contact to remain a standout player for the Cubs.

Currently the Brewers are 2.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, while the Cubs embarrassingly trail Milwaukee by 11.5.

Pitching matchups:

Travis Wood vs. Marco Estrada tonight.

Jason Hammel vs. Wily Peralta on Saturday. 

Jeff Samardzija vs. Kyle Lohse to finish the series on Sunday.

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