The Chicago Cubs dropped the finale of the series to the Marlins, selling for a split in the four-game series. The Cubs continue to stay within a few games of .500 as the All-Star break nears.
The Chicago Cubs got a quality start from Mike Montgomery who allowed three runs (all unearned), yet the Cubs failed to take advantage of the opportunities they had in the 4-2 loss. The Cubs put 15 runners on base but left most of them there as they went just 2-for-6 with RISP with 11 LOB. A costly error from Addison Russell (who later left the game with shoulder discomfort) cost the Cubs three unearned runs in the first.
The Cubs’ Ian Happ continues to be an integral piece of the offense after it looked like the league had figured him out. But it looks like Happ had other plans aside from being sent back to Iowa. His power has been impressive, although he does need to cut back on the swings and misses. But the Cubs can work wit him as they need another bat to help get this offense going.
Unable to get away from a .500 record in either direction, the Cubs are very lucky to be where they are in the standings. They’ve played well against their own division but are struggling against the rest of the league. The honest truth of it all is that they’re lucky to be so close in the standings. Any other division and it would be a different story.
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