The Chicago Cubs just wrapped up another week of baseball that saw them post a 3-4 record against the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs simply can’t afford any more weeks of losing baseball, and this week was especially costly as three of the losses came against a division rival.
Chicago could have been swept in St. Louis if it weren’t for a massive meltdown by the Cardinals bullpen in the lone Cubs win. The Cubs were able to score six runs in the ninth to pick up a win on Tuesday night, but it was the only win the team would get in St. Louis.
The Cubs then came home to face the worst team in baseball and were able to win the series by picking up a big win on Sunday. Still, the Cubs needed a sweep of the Diamondbacks, but the bullpen fell apart in Game 2 of the series.
Chicago remains under the .500 mark on the season, and there is little hope of winning the Central Division or reaching the playoffs in the National League.
Some Players Return
David Bote returned to the Cubs lineup on Sunday and delivered a two-run homer in the victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bote figures to be a big part of the future in Chicago, and it was nice to see him have success immediately upon his return to action.
Matt Duffy is also back with the Cubs, and his return signaled the end of the road for Eric Sogard. Sogard did have 10 pinch hits for the Cubs this season, but he just never really delivered or contributed in a big way.
Nico Hoerner is another player that is now back with the Cubs, and he could soon be one of the faces of this franchise. Hoerner has shown plenty of ability during his time in Chicago, but he still needs to take his game to another level.
Still No Big Trades
The MLB Trade Deadline is set for July 31, but most believed that the Cubs would have sent some players out by now. Trading Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves right after the All-Star Break was a significant move, but most fans thought that more deals would be coming.
It’s admittedly too hard to focus much on the on-field results at the moment as the Trade Deadline could tear apart this Cubs team forever. The players have somehow been able to put away all of the distractions and focus on baseball, but it is still affecting the overall performance.
This upcoming series against the Cincinnati Reds should come with some action, and it won’t be fun for Cubs fans to deal with. Fans of the Cubbies had better enjoy and cherish each moment that the stars are on the roster as it won’t be that way for much longer.
“Bryzzo” Providing Memories
On Sunday afternoon, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo delivered back-to-back home runs in the first inning to provide a memorable moment for the Cubs and their fans. These two stars have carried the team for the last few seasons, and they have continued to perform well despite all of the trade rumors.
It was a fair question to wonder if those two home runs were the last big moments that each player would have in a Cubs uniform. It’s hard to imagine both players sticking around past this week, but those two blasts brought back plenty of wonderful memories.
On Saturday, Javier Baez belted a home run that drove in both Bryant and Rizzo for another memorable moment. The Cubs core has continued to put up some numbers over the last week, and it could be the last few games that all three players are in a Cubs uniform.