The Chicago Cubs found the West Coast to be a less than pleasant place as they were swept in back-to-back series by the Dodger and Padres. Will Chicago offer some reprieve for the Cubs?
The Chicago Cubs got what they were hoping for out of their starter Jake Arrieta. He pitched six solid innings, allowing just one run on a solo home run to Ryan Schimpf. But in the end, that wasn’t good enough. Arrieta didn’t factor in the decision as Koji Uehara allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth that gave the Padres the 2-1 victory. It was an infield single from Javier Baez that helped push across the Cubs lone run of the game.
The Cubs finished the road trip 3-for-40 with runners in scoring position–a dead giveaway of why they struggled mightily on the West Coast swing. After going 7-2 in their last homestand, the Cubs will hope for more of the same as they look for Wrigley to treat them well as they face the Cardinals, Marlins and Rockies on the homestand.
The Cubs have been playing to the “status quo” so far this year. It seems as if Joe Maddon wants less to lose more than he’s trying to win. Well, the Cubs have had their two-month cushion. They got the same courtesy last year; then it was in June and July. It’s time for the Cubs to make some changes, so we offer up a couple of possibilities to help turn things around offensively.
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