The Chicago Cubs fell victim to their first losing streak as the San Diego Padres swept last night’s doubleheader at Wrigley Field. They have themselves an off day before they get back to work tomorrow afternoon.
Before we get started, my co-editor, Nicholas Blazek touched base on a similar topic following the Cubs Game 1 loss to the Padres. Check it out here.
Hey, listen, I love winning streaks as much as the next person but I have to say that dropping more than one game in a row will definitely benefit this club in the long run. Now, I may have lost a few of you after that statement but think about it.
You can’t win them all and in order to improve your baseball team from top to bottom, you need to experience a string of a couple of losses here and there. Still, the Chicago Cubs hold the best record in all of professional baseball.
And despite running through multiple teams to begin the year, they have gone up against some spectacular pitching. Names you would not expect. For instance, they manhandled Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in their first meeting with him as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Only to turn around and struggle against Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Brandon Finnegan who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Finnegan was tagged for two earned runs on one hit while shortstop Addison Russell lifted his team to victory with a three-run homer in the eighth off Jumbo Diaz. That is when we knew this club was not going to give up easy.
Now, the Cubs start a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates starting tomorrow before hitting the road. They’ll make a stop in Milwaukee for the first time this year and make their way to San Francisco to take on Jeff Samardzija and those N.L. West Giants.
Chicago has already swept the Pirates so claiming two games out of three wouldn’t hurt. As long as you’re able to get your bats going. And that series opener against Francisco Liriano is going to be a tough one but Jason Hammel has pitched well to begin the new campaign.
Following Hammel will be Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester to round out the weekend, giving Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey the first two games on the road. Both pitched great but were on the wrong end of last night’s decisions.
As soon as the Cubs are done in San Fran, they’ll return back to St. Louis where they nearly had themselves a sweep over those Redbirds. The Cardinals will be out for revenge so that may end up resulting in a loss or two — same goes for San Francisco.
It’s not going to be the end of the world. They still have over four months left to go and will continue to drive in a ton of runs on top of putting together a few winning streaks here and there.
The point is while the Chicago Cubs are a great team sitting at the top of the food chain, they are going to find themselves in a slump. There’s no way to avoid it, no matter how much you wish for it at the end of the day.
As the legendary Bob Marley once said, “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing, gonna be all right.”