Chicago Cubs continue to dominate at the Friendly Confines

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Cubs spent the weekend hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates and breaking offensive records at Wrigley Field. With the playoffs approaching, what do we expect out of the Cubs based on what is left on their schedule?

Over the last three games the Chicago Cubs have played, the team has tallied three wins and accumulated 47 runs. 47 runs. Friday night, the club scored 17. Saturday the team took a step back and only put up 14. Sunday night the Cubs tied the Chicago Bears on the scoreboard with 16.

Outrageous numbers are coming from an offense that is lacking some of its best players. Javier Baez is sidelined with a fractured thumb, Kris Bryant is battling a sore knee, and Anthony Rizzo left Sunday’s contest with a sprained ankle.

This weekends 47 run total ranked 2nd in club history, falling one short of the record (48) which was set in 1894. Elias Sports Bureau noted that since 1900, the 2019 Cubs are one of five baseball teams to accomplish scoring at least 14 runs in three consecutive games.

More from Cubbies Crib

The Chicago Cubs are hitting the ball so well it may be a public safety concern to let fans sit in the bleachers tonight. Murphy’s Bleachers across the street should be shut down immediately until the season is over. The Chicago Cubs offense may actually be detrimental to the safety of those in Wrigleyville for the rest of the regular and postseason.

At home, the Cubs have the fourth-best record in baseball at 50-24. They win two games for every game they lose. When the Cubs play at Wrigley Field, they look like and play to a World Series caliber team. The only teams with a better home record are the Dodgers, Yankees and Astros, who all frankly play in less competitive divisions.

The Cubs road record ranks 21st across the league at 31-44. A record that should not be held by a team of this caliber. All parts of this team stink on the road (except Yu Darvish).

The difference in wins and losses because of the games ballpark seems ridiculous, but this team gets worse in almost every single statistic once outside of Wrigley Field. The cubs at home are slashing .265/.348/.474 with an OPS of .823. On the road, that same slash line appears as .244/.319/.442 with an OPS of .760.

The Chicago Cubs pitching has been the same way. At home, The Cubs have posted a 3.46 ERA over 678 innings pitched with 606 hits, 288 runs and 80 home runs given up. On the road, Cubs pitchers have posted 4.63 ERA over 649 innings with 655 hits, 362 runs, and 101 home runs given up.

Next. Cubs Ernie Banks made his debut 66 years ago. dark

With 13 games left in the season, there’s nothing you can do but accept this weird reality. On the positive side, the Cubs have seven straight games at home. Three against the Reds during the week and four with the Cardinals over the weekend. On the negative side, the Cubs close out the season with seven on the road. Three in St. Louis and three against Pittsburgh.

The Cubs start their most important stretch of baseball right now. Seven games left against the Cardinals means the Cubs destiny is theirs to decide. If the bats stay as hot as they have been, nobody can keep the Cubs out of the playoffs.