Finding their groove
The next few weeks are going to be quite a ride for the Chicago Cubs. It will also go a long way in determining the division race and the playoff picture, as a whole. It is why it is imperative that the Cubs find their offense sooner rather than later. The most significant benefit to the team, however, is the much-needed return of big bopper Kris Bryant back to the lineup. Bryant is sure to spark some fireworks for the bats to get rolling.
The beginning of the marathon gives the Cubs much winnable ball games as they host the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets. Both are cellar dwellers in their divisions giving the Cubs a chance to put a severe dent in the division lead.
Following those two series, things become a little more challenging. They start with a makeup game in Atlanta, followed by series with the Philadelphia Phillies, then, the second-place Milwaukee Brewers, followed up by the Washington Nationals to close things out. The final three games before a single day off is a home series versus the Brewers again.
The club has three more scheduled off-days remaining for the rest of the season. The benefit to the back end of the schedule, however, is that they finish with seven straight home games. For a team who will be on the grind for the foreseeable future and no breaks, the need to find their groove and get the offense going strong again is crucial. Let’s hope they can start it all off right.