The Chicago Cubs scored seven runs in the first inning of work. You probably felt pretty good at that point. From there, though, it went off the rails. The Milwaukee Brewers still completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs, winning by a 15-7 final.
Look, it’s a long season and every team has bad days, right? Not like this.
As Jesse Rogers noted, the Cubs have now lost six straight games and may very well have gone from buyers to sellers in the span of a week. Eric Sogard pitched the ninth inning on Wednesday. You know, Sogard has tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing nothing. Maybe run him out there instead of Jake Arrieta?
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Kris Bryant is leading the team with a .261 average but looked totally lost in June, slashing just .114/.205/.241 As a team, the Cubs rank 14 out of 15 NL clubs in batting average. Patrick Wisdom strikes out 39.2 percent of the time, despite being pointed to as a bright spot on this team. So is it time to sell? While I hope not, it’s hard to not feel like that might be the case after this week.
To be fair. Injuries play a huge role in all this. Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Matt Duffy, Nico Hoerner, Trevor Williams and Justin Steele have all battled injuries. David Bote, too. And the catching situation? Don’t get me started. Willson Contreras, and that’s it.
Hoerner, Williams and Steele are already hard at work with rehab assignments. Bote will head out soon. Duffy, not so much. He pushed it too hard a couple of weeks ago. He’s taking grounders and batting practice, but that’s it.
Rizzo has a bad back and is down for the count. I can see him hitting the IL, but then you face a question of who exactly takes his spot on the roster because right now, it is slim pickings.
Chicago Cubs: We knew June would be tough – but this was absolutely brutal
So what happened?
April was bad. We didn’t think it could get much worse (boy, were we wrong). May? Very good. As for June? Let’s just close the book on it and move on. So what exactly should we expect in July? The Cubs are supposed to have a good month (they play the lowly Diamondbacks six times, which makes you hope they can at least win those games). That being said, you never know. They could finish 10-16 and sell the farm. Or they finish 20-6, and they’re back in the hunt.
Regardless, the one thing we can keep an eye on is guys making their way back from the IL. Soon, they’ll get back to (or at least closer to) full strength. Chicago is off on Thursday and then hook up with the Reds for the weekend, looking for any sort of way to get back on track.