It’s Monday, which means it is time to take a look back at the previous week and go over how it went for the Chicago Cubs in our concise Cubs Weekly Update. I wish I had better news to share, but it was another disappointing week for the Cubbies, and this has been a brutal stretch of June.
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Cubs Weekly Update
The Cubbies went 2-4 last week, but there was a bit of history involved. Chicago is no longer in first place in the Central Division, but they can make up some ground this week.
This past week saw the Cubs go 1-1 against the Cleveland Indians and then 1-3 against the Los Angeles, two formidable opponents. The Cubs should start to get some players back from the injured list.
Here is a brief summary of what took place this past week for the beloved Cubbies.
Cubs Combine For No-Hitter
After going 1-1 against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field, Chicago headed out on the road to Los Angeles for a matchup against the Dodgers. The series could not have started out any better for the Cubs, and some history was made in the series opener.
Zach Davies took the ball in the series opener, and he delivered six no-hit innings to get things going. The pitch count for Davies started to rise, and it was time for the bullpen to enter the game.
The trio of Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin, and Craig Kimbrel came in and shut the door for Cubs, preserving the no-hitter. This was the first combined no-hitter in the history of the Chicago Cubs.
This also brought back some great memories of the no-hitter thrown by Jake Arrieta in the 2015 season as he was in the middle of one of the best pitching stretches in baseball history.
Rough Weekend For Bullpen
Despite closing out the final three innings of a no-hitter on Thursday night, this was not a great weekend for the bullpen. Ryan Tepera took the loss on Friday night and it was Keegan Thompson that gave up a walk-off homer on Saturday night.
The bullpen has been outstanding all season long, but that unit has also been overworked. The Cubs can’t keep relying on this unit to pick them up all season long, but look for the bullpen to recover in the coming weeks.
Hitters Still Slumping
There is no other way to say this: The Cubs are in a major slump at the plate. After putting up some monster numbers during the month of May, the Cubs just continue to struggle to score runs in June.
Jason Heyward actually had a big weekend at the plate in Los Angeles, but he was about the only one. The Cubs continue to live and die by the home run, and that just won’t work against the best teams in baseball.
Kris Bryant is no longer an MVP candidate in the National League, andhe might need some time out of the lineup. Anthony Rizzo is once again dealing with a lower back issue, and Patrick Wisdom is no longer hitting a home run every time he steps to the plate.
The offense has become a major issue.
Big Week Ahead
The Cubs don’t have any time to hang their heads after another disappointing week as they stay on the road and head to Milwaukee. The first-place Brewers are waiting, but it will be Kyle Hendricks taking the ball for the Cubs in the series opener.
Taking two out of three would be a great way to end the month of June, while anything worse than that would be a tough pill to swallow. The Cubs are starting to fall out of the playoff race a bit, and they need to get things back on track.