HOLY COW, Chicago’s favorite team is off to a hell of a start after the break, winning 6 straight games while averaging 7 runs per outing. It was no secret that the defending World Series Champs were struggling early on, but were Cubs fans actually worried? The media wanted nothing more than to hype up the struggling Cubs but it was clearly just part of yet another story book ending. Nonetheless, I’m going touch on some of the highlights from this prolific 6 game stretch we just had.
The first series against the Orioles was a bit of a lopsided battle if you ask me, Cubs came out well rested and fired up while the O’s continued their struggling season (46-49). As JZ highlighted last week, moves were made at the break in the Crosstown Trade for Quintana.
The Cubs did give up a boat load of prospects for the now #2 Pitcher in our rotation, as most people were leery about the move, I wasn’t one of them. He’s got great control with nasty movement and it showed Sunday night against the O’s, where he got his first win as a Cub, recording 12 SO on 7 IP and only letting up 3 Hits. Q was on fire this past Sunday, and it must have been a bit of a relaxing outing for him considering he had run support…(8-0). As far as offense goes, the Cubs displayed a full team effort putting up 27 runs in the three games stretch, making this series the most offensively productive one yet!
After they mopped up the O’s it was onto Atlanta’s brand new stadium, Sun Trust Park. Game 1 of this series ended (4-3) with a double off the wall by Addison in the 8th which became the game winning go ahead RBI. Lester (6-6) was granted the W, which was much needed after his last start (which we won’t discuss). Then in Game 2 the Bulldog himself came out on top, again, another start that was needed since he was in a bit of a rut prior to the break. Then in Game 3 Montgomery had himself a day both on the mound and at the plate. The man went YAYA, homering for his first time which was recorded as his second career hit. The cubs took off offensively and outscored the Braves 8-2 to wrap up the second straight series sweep.
Throughout the series there was notable hitting by: Baez/ Bryant/ Contreras/ Heyward/ and Russell.
Baez: Currently tied with Bryant for the Highest BA on the team at .275 and hitting .500 over this past week. Don’t Sleep on Javy, he’s showing more plate discipline and proving himself as not just a great fielder but a force at the plate.
Bryant: As previously mentioned leading the team with a .275 BA and hitting .350 over the last six games. (Currently out of the lineup due to a finger sprain)
Contreras: Ranking third for the cubs with a .273 BA and over the past week he’s batting .409, En fuego mijo!
Heyward: He’s is currently hitting .269 but over the past week he’s batting .429, which is finally paying dividends.
As long as we continue to win series’ going forward, I see the Cubs running away with the NL Pennant and then likely taking on the Redsox in the WS. I know this its a bold prediction for only two weeks out of the break, but this team is showing signs of last season and I think we’re back on track and ready for another celebration.