The Cubs finished up their week at Wrigley Field, ending their home stand with a record of 3-4 and standing at 16-15 overall. The Cubs ended their stretch at home getting swept by the New York Yankees which included some rough moments.
Their three wins came against the Phillies in a four game set. Those games saw a 10-2 loss, a 8-3 win, a 5-4 win and another 5-4 win on a walk-off wild throw in extra innings. While the Cubs won three of four, most those games were close and grindy. Bryant had a great series, batting .533 while Rizzo batted 0.67 in that series. Once again, no starter could go into the 7th and the pen had to work hard again. This trend would continue into the Yankees series.
The Cubs welcomed back Starlin Castro back to Wrigley Field with a video tribute. Here it is:
The Yankees series saw blown saves, 18-inning games and blowouts. Unfortunately all that favored the Yankees.
The Cubs in game one were up 2-0 with one strike to go when Hector Rondon surrendered a three-run home run to Brett Gardner and the Cubs lost 3-2. Brett Anderson in his last two starts vs. the Phillies and Yankees went 1.2 innings, giving up 12 runs. Anderson only recorded one out vs. the Yankees giving up five. Despite coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the 9th vs. former closer Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs fell 5-4 in 18 innings in the series finale. Outside the 9th inning, the Cubs went silent for basically the rest of the 17 innings; top four guys in the order were a combined 6/36 in that game.
46.2 innings the pen had to work in that home stand. Ridiculous. The errors are starting to pile up on routine plays, the offense is inconsistent and Lester in the Yankees finale is the only starter to go 7.0 innings the entire week. Wrigley Field record is 7-9 currently and that is odd to see after 24 losses at Wrigley all year long in 2016.
Panic time? No, it is still very early. But there is no doubt that this team is not playing great baseball and they are going to want to pick things up a bit. The offense has a great opportunity to pick it up on Colorado…but the starting pitching HAS to be better because the pen is going to be gassed later in the season at this rate.
The Cubs head to Colorado on Monday for a three game versus the Rockies then a three game series in St. Louis from May 12th-14th.