Gotta get over the guys "who got us here"
Is David Ross still holding a grudge for something that happened to him seven years ago?
The Cubs 2-5 stretch against the D’bags and Rockies does not mean they are choking their way out of the wild card race. But it does mean they’ve missed out on multiple chances to cut into the leads of the teams ahead of them who hold more advantageous playoff position.
Our old pal Boob Nightengale Tweeted the other day about the red hot Brewers, which should immediately cause you think, “Oh they must be struggling.” While the Cubs have gone 4-6 in their last ten games, Milwaukee is 5-5 and the Phillies are also 4-6. As the pages fall off the calendar, these are wasted opportunities without much time left to create new ones.
With 15 games left to play, the Cubs are four games behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead and 1.5 behind Philly for the top wild card spot. Both of those positions mean home games in the best-two-of-three wild card playoff round. The only home games. It’s important, because the Phillies have the third best home record in the National League and the Brewers use the scoreboard at their retractable roof dairy barn to cheat and tip Christian Yelich off to what pitch is coming.
The last two series have been troubling for the Cubs. They lost three of four at home to the D’bags, and then two of three on the road to the worst team in the National League, the Rockies. It’s not great.
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