Former 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant was an anchor of the Chicago Cubs previous core and as this current Cubs' core attempts to make the post-season for the first time since 2020, Bryant threw a wrench in the team's plans.
Bryant, now a member of the Colorado Rockies, homered in consecutive games for the Rockies as they took two of three games from the Cubs.
There is no doubt that the Cubs' series against the Rockies was let down. The series served as a perfect opportunity for the Cubs to get back on track after dropping three games of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks this past weekend.
Even the promotion of Pete Crow-Armstrong to the Major League level could not prevent the Cubs' woes against the Rockies.
The Cubs falling flat against the Rockies provided more confirmation that the team's shot at winning the National League Central division are probably over. The Milwaukee Brewers now have a four-game lead over the Cubs and even more concerning is the fact that they have five fewer losses.
For the Cubs, the focus remains on the Wild Card race. Despite their struggles against the Rockies, the Cubs remain the second Wild-Card team in the National League based on current standings. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds are currently tied for the final Wild Card spot and each trail the Cubs by two games.
What is the Chicago Cubs' magic number?
The Cubs' magic number to clinch a post-season spot is 14. As a reminder, there are 15 games remaining on the regular season for the Cubs so this is very much going to be a race that will come down to the final week of the season.
The Cubs will travel to Arizona this weekend to begin a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Friday. If the Cubs want to hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Diamondbacks, the team will need to sweep the series.