Hello Cubs fans and welcome to another edition of the Cubs weekly update. The 2021 Cubs season continues to fly by, but the Cubs just continue to play much better than they were expected to.
Things have not always gone great for the Cubs in 2021, but this has to be considered one of the best weeks of the season. The Padres and Cardinals were the opponents this week, and all the Cubs did was go 5-1 during this difficult stretch.
Chicago now enters a new week at 11 games over the .500 mark for the first time this season, and they remain tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the NL Central. The Cubs are also giving them a great shot at a Wild Card spot, but this team is starting to prove that it has what it takes to win the division.
This weekend also marked the first time that Wrigley Field was open for 100% capacity since the 2019 season, and the energy at the Friendly Confines was electric. The Cubs have been absolutely dominant at home this season, and the fans have played a key role in the success.
Here is a look at how the two series this week went for the Chicago Cubs.
Dominance Over Padres Continues
The Chicago Cubs swept the San Diego Padres over the Memorial Day Weekend, and they made a return trip to San Diego this week. This came on the heels of losing three out of four games in San Francisco, and the Cubs were in danger of having a miserable road trip.
The week got off to a bad start in San Diego as the Cubs fell by a score of 9-4. The Cubs were in need of some more pitching in the final two games, and that is exactly what they got.
The Cubs won the final two games by scores of 7-1 and 3-1, and the pitching staff completely shut down a great offensive team. Patrick Wisdom had another monster series against the Padres, homering in eight of his first 10 starts this season.
In the series finale against the Padres, Jake Arrieta was able to beat Yu Darvish on the mound to add a little icing on the cake.
Cubs Sweep Cardinals
The Cubs were set to host the Cardinals this weekend, and Wrigley Field was open and ready for a party. St. Louis jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the series opener, but it didn’t take long for the Cubs to come back.
The Cubbies stormed all the way back to win the first game of the series, 8-5, and then beat the Cardinals behind Hendricks 7-2 on Saturday night. Chicago blasted three home runs in each of the first two games, and the Cardinals continued to struggle to get outs.
ESPN was in town for the finale on Sunday night, and this turned into a great pitcher’s dual. Zach Davies put together his best start of the season to lead the Cubs to a 2-0 win in the series finale.
Tough Stretch Ahead
The Cubs need to hope that the momentum gained from this week will carry over for the rest of the month as the schedule does not get any easier. The Cubs will be back on the road on Monday night to begin a four-game series with the New York Mets.
After a quick trip to New York, the Cubs will return home to take on the Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians. The Cubs will need to rack up some wins in those games as the month concludes with a road trip to Los Angeles and Milwaukee.
The Cubs don’t need to dominate those opponents, but they will need to play .500 baseball at least through this difficult stretch of games.