Chicago Cubs News: Playoff odds fall, Schwarber watches from the bench
The Chicago Cubs had a day off to rest and try and figure out what’s gone wrong with this team. The offense has gone quiet, and there are many reasons why.
As the Chicago Cubs sat and watched the Milwaukee Brewers sweep them on their home field, Kyle Schwarber got a chance to see it too. Other than his pinch-hit home run, Schwarber only saw the field in mop up duty behind the plate. Joe Maddon placed it mostly on matchups, as Schwarber has struggled against lefties. And Schwarber took it in stride. But with just three runs over the weekend, we might need not to worry about the matchups so much and try to win games.
Willson Contreras was the hottest hitter on the Cubs team before getting hurt. He’s back, but it might be another week before we see him back to full-strength for the Cubs as they ease him in slowly. His bat returning to the lineup will be critical for this team is they plan to hold on to the slim lead they have in the division. Expecting Contreras to come back and hit as well as he did before is unfair, but whatever he brings will be a step up for the Cubs after scoring three runs over the weekend.
After the display this chances, the Cubs saw their playoff odds dip, with the Cardinals getting a shot in the arm. Going into the weekend, Fangraphs had the Cubs’ odds at almost 90 percent. Following the debacle that was this weekend, it’s down to just 76. The Cardinals saw theirs come up to 16.2 and the Brewers to 7.8. The Cubs have seen this fluctuate all year, and to be honest, they don’t care about it. But seeing it drop this late in the season is a concern, especially for the fans.
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