Big Series Coming up for the Cubs
Things could be looking a lot worse for the Cubs in mid-May with some of the problems they’ve had to start the year. As it is the Cubbies are sitting a game and a half behind the Brewers for the division lead after being in fourth place to start the month.
Now it’s on to St. Louis for a three game series against the Cardinals. Pujols and company are just a half game behind the Cubs for second in the division with Chris Carpenter coming back. The Cards’ ace will pitch the middle game of the series against Ryan Dempster.
The Cubs and Cards should set up to be a great match-up being so close in the division. The teams have exactly the same amount of runs scored and runs allowed, so I’m predicting three ties.
Really though, the Cubs are lucky to be where they are considering some of the rough times they’ve gone through thus far. With Soto, Lee, and Bradley struggling at the dish and all missing time with injuries, the run production should have plummeted. With Ramirez spending time on the DL it should have gotten worse. Worse is a word that would not describe a lot of bullpens in their relation to the Cubs pen.
Injuries and slumps are more common in baseball than rotund relievers or scrawny hitters with no power for the Giants, but the Cubs have had more than their share to start the year. Still, winning seven of ten has gotten them back to six games over .500 in a short time and with Zambrano likely to return this week a series win against the Cards would be huge.