It was another disappointing conclusion to a series that the Chicago Cubs had to win after the team fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates
The Cubs lost to the Pirates on Thursday night and in a series where the bare minimum was the team needing to sweep their National League Central counterpart, the team dropped two of the three games.
The Cubs have now lost 7 of their last 10 games and enter play on Friday tied with the Miami Marlins for the final wild-card spot in the National League. The Marlins have the tie-breaker advantage over the Cubs so they would be the team that enters the post-season while the North Siders would be forced to watch from home.
Cubs' manager David Ross did not hold back when talking about the team's struggles after their series loss to the Pirates.
"“We’ve got nine games left to play our style of baseball,” manager David Ross said. “We’ve got to play better. The offense is there. That’s not a good team that just took two of three from us. Not our caliber of team, I believe. We’ve just got to turn it around. It’s on me. It’s on the guys in that room to play a little bit better.”"- David Ross via The Athletic
There is no doubt that some of the Cubs' collapse should fall at the feet of Ross. Alexander Canario had a grand slam and five RBI in the Cubs' only victory against the Pirates this week on Tuesday night and was not in the lineup for the following two games while Miles Mastrobuoni was.
For a team that needed every lever to be pulled in order to play meaningful baseball in September, Ross has reached September and given up on pulling any more levers. Ross is comfortable with succeeding, or, in this case, failing with the players that got him here.