Cubs Report Week 3: Cardiac Cubs

After a rough weekend against Pittsburgh the Cubs decided falling behind .500 was not going to last. After losing their first game to the Brewers 6-3, the Cubs went on a four-game win streak with a number of comeback wins.
The Cubs erased a 5-0 deficit on Tuesday night and won 9-7 and then a 4-1 deficit on Wednesday afternoon and won an an Addison Russell walk-off home run 7-4. It was time to start a roadtrip in Cincinnati where the Cardiac Cubs struck again. Trailing 5-2 with two outs in the 9th, Anthony Rizzo hit a game-tying three-run homer and then took the lead in extra innings 6-5 — Wade Davis shut the door for the win. No comeback was involved in their 12-8 victory with home runs from Rizzo, Heyward and Contreras. Though the Cubs rallied for two runs in the 9th, the Reds took the finale of the series on Sunday 7-5.

The starting pitching this week was a bit shaky and caused a lot of first-inning deficits. The Cubs trailed after the first inning in every game since Monday except for Friday’s game, so five of six. Most of the runs given up by the starting pitching have been home runs; 12 home runs off Cubs pitching. However it is noticeable the Cubs pen was lights out and went through a stretch of 15 2/3 scoreless innings of work. Wade Davis, Hector Rondon, CJ Edwards at the back end surrendered zero runs this past week.

Hitting wise, the Cubs home run power is starting to click. Anthony Rizzo homered in each game in Cincy and now has four on the year with a .296/.412/.947 slash. Jason Heyward had a pair of homers as well and is posting a .297/.348/.770 slash. Miguel Montero is now batting .333 after a great series in Milwaukee and a big hit in game 1 in Cincy to score on Rizzo’s home run.

Cubs look to get revenge vs. the now Starling Marte-less Pirates at PNC Park starting Monday night.

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