On Friday, the Cubs will travel up north for a critical three-game weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Wednesday night was a first for the Chicago Cubs as they were shutout by the final score of 3-0 at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. When it isn’t your night, it isn’t your night. Keep your chin up, and continue moving forward.
Thursday evening marks Chicago’s final meeting with the Reds. Although they were unable to solve Trevor Bauer on Wednesday, the division lead is still theirs. While the upcoming series may be critical to the Cubs, it is just as important to the Brewers.
A Milwaukee team who hammered the Detroit Tigers 19-0 on Roberto Clemente Day. Currently, the Brewers sit four-plus games out of first, trailing the Cardinals. It will be a tight race for the National League Central division crown with only 16 games remaining.
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Let’s hope it will be our boys who emerge as the division’s best team. So, why exactly is this weekend series so critical if 16 games are remaining? Entering tonight’s finale with Cincinnati, the Cubs hold a 2.5 game lead over the Cardinals.
If you aren’t familiar with St. Louis, they don’t necessarily roll over and give up. They fight until the very end and have done so in the past, even with some key players being injured. While their city may be boring, you can’t help but respect their drive to succeed—something their fanbase has seen on a consistent basis.
When the Cubs leave Milwaukee, the Cardinals will visit the Brewers for a five-game set. Just recently, the Cardinals claimed three of five from Chicago, cutting into the division lead. If the Cardinals find their groove and become hot, that could spell trouble for the Chicago Cubs leading into the final stretch.
At best, if we could write history, sweeping the Brewers would provide some relief. However, doing so may be a difficult task considering their wishes to compete for the division title themselves. The goal of the weekend? Take at least two from Milwaukee to maintain their standing.
In the final weeks, the race for the division will be a tight one in both the American and National League Central. Once Chicago is finished in Milwaukee, an interleague showdown with Cleveland and Minnesota will be handled at Wrigley.
Two teams who have found themselves in a fight with the young-driven Chicago White Sox–a team that will meet the Cubs in the final weekend of the regular season. There is a lot at stake for nearly every team this Cubs team is scheduled to play before October baseball begins.
Do you think David Ross will have any of whatever hair is left on his head once this is all said and done?