After a promising series against the Padres at home the Cubs came crashing back down to Earth in San Francisco as they lost four straight against the Giants. The only positive thing I can say about it is that the Cubs are in every game, I don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of hearing that too. Eventually a team has to learn how to win, and it might not even be that, it might be that the Cubs just don’t have the types of players needed to win close games, it’s probably a little bit of both.
With Dale Sveum’s threat to bench Castro hanging over the team they begin a three game set in Milwaukee tonight. The Cubs have lost 11 straight on the road and show no sign of ending that streak anytime soon. The Brewers are coming off a series loss to the Pirates but have been playing better ball of late as illustrated by their four game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles. For the Cubs to be successful someone is going to have to come through late in a close game, or shut the door in a close game, because it will be a close game, almost all of them are. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.
The Cubs hit the road after a very promising home stand where they took 2 out of 3 from both the Dodgers and Braves. The Cubs are playing well, the same can’t be said for the Brewers who are struggling with only four wins in their last ten games. The Cubs conversely have six wins in their last ten games, the trick is to duplicate that success on the road where they are a sub par 4-8. Ryan Braun is a little banged up, but his numbers suggest he’s just fine. If the Cubs want to have success in this series they will have to start with shutting down Braun and go from there. Shutting down the other team’s stars is exactly what the Cubs have done lately as they have improved their team ERA to 9th best in the National League. The Cubs should have the advantage in the pitching department as the Brewers have been bad and are threatening to claim the worst ERA in the NL shortly. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.