The Cubs can use this weekend’s road series as a tune-up for the postseason.
The Chicago Cubs have not yet turned the corner that many of the top teams have done in recent weeks. Teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers (32-13) have won seven of their last 10, lead the NL with a +98 run differential and are already adopting that October mentality.
So what’s different about the postseason mindset?
It’s about what you’d think: good offensive production by taking advantage of opportunities; limiting defensive mistakes; nailing down the correct rotation to match your opponent’s weaknesses; being so familiar with the current play of your bullpen, there is little doubt when calling help for your starters into the game.
As manager, David Ross took his guys on the road to Miller Park this weekend. There are just 14 games left following Friday night’s tough 1-0 series-opening loss. Ross could very well look at this series as an excellent tune-up opportunity to get the Cubs into the postseason mindset.
Let’s take a look a closer look at some focus areas for the Cubs in this series to help get that mindset.