After starting out as one of the hottest road teams in the league, the Chicago Cubs have been pinned up against lights-out pitching in May. They dropped two of three to the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants to end the weekend.
It’s been a rough stretch but there’s still plenty of baseball left to play. Chicago dropped the series finale to the Giants by the final score of 1-0 as Madison Bumgarner out-pitched Kyle Hendricks and even tallied the only run of the contest.
Bumgarner plated a run on an RBI double off Hendricks which was enough to shut down the Cubbies who drove in eight runs to open the series. The Cubs hammered a few home runs in the series — Jorge Soler, Dexter Fowler, Ben Zobrist, and Kris Bryant went yard.
Now that they are finished on the West Coast, for now, they’ll fly back out to the midwest to take on their National League Central rival, St. Louis Cardinals.
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The last time these two met at Busch Stadium, the Cubs had the opportunity to complete a three-game sweep of the Redbirds but dropped the series finale. It was a rematch from last season’s National League Division Series.
St. Louis enters the series with a 4-4 record in their previous eight games dating back to last Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. They had themselves a two-game losing streak before dropping two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road.
Still, Joe Maddon‘s club sits at the top of the division with the best record in baseball which sits at 29-13. Hopefully, Chicago will get themselves back on track before returning home to Wrigley Field this Friday when the Philadelphia Phillies make a brief stop in Chicago.
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