On Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs look to keep their five-game win streak intact against the Tigers. They have been playing excellent baseball, piling on both runs and hits.
We’re inching closer to the second half of the season with the Chicago Cubs trailing the Milwaukee Brewers in the division. Milwaukee became the first NL Central team to reach 50 wins this season with the Cubs at 48.
Still, they only trail by a game and remain in familiar territory. Remember, they trailed the Brewers around the same time last year and surged during the second half. History could very well repeat itself in 2018, leading to a third-straight division title.
If they’re aiming to do just that, Joe Maddon‘s offense is going to have to remain consistent for the remainder of the year.
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An offense that leads the league with 25 come from behind victories as reported by Zach Zaidman on Twitter.
We have witnessed this club experience mood swings early on. One day their entire lineup would be red-hot only to be nonexistent the next. This sort of thing happens but it has caused some frustration within the fanbase.
Understandable yet people forget that the season is 162 games long. In addition, Chicago’s recent offensive production has lifted them to a five-game win streak. But just how good has this offense been performing as of late?
Here comes the boom
You know the Cubs are on a tear when southpaw Jon Lester joins the fun. While earning himself N.L. Pitcher of the Month honors, Lester launched a three-run homer. Well, launch shouldn’t be the worst; it was more along the lines of destroying the baseball.
Did you see the end of his swing? Beautiful. Over the course of Chicago’s five-game win streak, they have scored a total of 51 runs behind 72 hits since the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A series that each fanbase is now considering a heavy rivalry in the National League. These two titans will likely come head-to-head in October. You know, pending any surprising finishes to the season.
On Tuesday, outfielder Kyle Schwarber drilled his 17th home run of the campaign. His home run gave Chicago a 5-3 lead over Detroit and nudged him ahead of Javier Baez for the team lead. To our surprise, Anthony Rizzo sits behind the two with only 12.
Speaking of corner sluggers, Kris Bryant remains on the disabled list. One could only imagine the differential in both runs and hits had Kris been able to avoid a stint on the DL. However, he could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.
The 26-year-old 2016 National League MVP and former Rookie of the Year is due to have himself a tear in which he terrorizes opposing pitchers. Rizzo was quiet for a bit then began to find his groove.
For Kris, it’s only a matter of time and if you’re him, he’d like for it to happen as soon as he returns to the field. Until then, let’s see if this offensive showcase is able to continue as the Cubs aim to take the series from Detroit.