Chicago Cubs to face two AL West teams before seasons end
The Oakland Athletics are up to play next week, right after the current Brewer series. The Athletics are in second place at eight games back in the AL West. Be that as it may, they still have a much better winning record than the Cubs, but the Cubs have the advantage of facing them in Wrigley Field.
The Athletics are (5-5) in their last 10 games but are above 50% on the road (27-25). The Athletics picked up pitcher Tanner Roark from the Reds, but the Cubs know Roark already. Back in June, the Athletics took two from the Cardinals so we know this team can get hot and win big.
Very early in September, the Seattle Mariners come to Wrigley for a two-game stop. The Cubs should have no problems against the last-place Mariners. Although they’ve recently been hot winning (7-3) of their last 10 games, the Mariners are 23 games back from being in any type of contention. This will undoubtedly be a spoiler game, and the Mariners aren’t much of a spoiler team.
With almost 50% of the Cubs remaining games at home, if the Cubs can take care of business at home and add a few road victories against their AL and NL opponents, the division should take care of itself.
I don’t think the Brewers or Cardinals are going to make it easy on us; everybody’s really in.