Chicago Cubs: Team likely to focus on pitching depth; win streak ends

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The Chicago Cubs continued to struggle against the Reds, as Theo Epstein talked with the media about his team’s plans leading up to this year’s trade deadline.

For whatever reason, the Chicago Cubs simply cannot solve the Cincinnati Reds this season. After going 12-7 against the Red Legs last year and 15-4 the year prior, they enter Saturday at 3-7. Granted, the Reds are drastically improved over years past, but the Cubs can’t suffer at the hands of their NL Central rivals if they want to get back on top of the division.

Milwaukee, meanwhile, just keeps winning. Really, it’s getting a bit annoying at this point. The Brewers have won five straight and carry a 2 1/2-game lead over Chicago. And, to make matters even more interesting, the club emerged as another potential suitor for Manny Machado. The Orioles’ asking price remains astronomical, but you’d think at some point Baltimore has to bite the bullet and get something for their stud infielder.

Speaking of the deadline, Theo Epstein offered his thoughts on the rumor mill. Unlike in recent years, the Cubs seem unlikely to make a big move.

Instead, Chicago will focus on pitching depth. It’s unclear whether or not Yu Darvish will take the ball again this season. That’s another story entirely. But while Mike Montgomery held the fort down to this point, having an insurance policy won’t hurt anything.

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What’s Next

Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 4.54) starts for the Cubs opposite former Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.91) Saturday at Wrigley. First pitch is at 1:20 p.m. CT.