The Chicago Cubs could start to blow open the National League Central in the next week-plus, with just a little help from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Chicago Cubs have been winning and that’s what’s most important if you are looking at the standings in the National League Central. As the Milwaukee Brewers come to Wrigley for this weekend’s series, it’s easy to see how the next 10 days can really propel the Cubs well into first place in the central division.
The first thing that’s got to happen is that the Philadelphia Phillies need to continue crushing their competition. At the end of the Cubs’ next 10-day run they will face the Phillies themselves, but hopefully will have put up enough wins that even a sweep wouldn’t Philly won’t hurt. Of course, we want Gabe Kapler’s club to top everyone else in the next 10 days and their last 7-3 record in their last 10 contests shows they’re ready to do just that.
In the next 10 days, the Cubs battle the Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, with the latter two of those series on the road. Chicago could run the table and win all nine games but realistically I would expect them to maybe lose two games at the most. This still fares very well for their record. Let’s take a look at how the Cubs begin to separate themselves from the pack.