By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Cubs began their season 2-2 against a bad Miami Marlins team, which caused a lot of frustration. Followed by a 1-0 loss in Cincinnati, fans were getting irrationally upset. It was understandable though to be frustrated over a good team like the Cubs not playing well. Situational hitting was really bad and the starting pitching was very disappointing. The 2-3 Cubs headed to Milwaukee to face the Brewers who were off to a good start.
Tides turned as the Cubs took 3/4 in Milwaukee. Starting pitching was much more efficient as Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Jon Lester put up a combined 18 innings pitched with just one run given up and 21 strikeouts in the three Cubs wins. Kyle Hendricks started the one game they lost and was throwing a shut out until the fifth inning when things unraveled and two home runs by Eric Thames and Travis Shaw turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-2 deficit. Cubs eventually fell on a walk off.
The offense was up and down. They once again struggled in many key RBI situations, but still scored enough to win. The bats were really efficient Thursday when they put up eight runs and got on the board early. Saturday’s game was incredibly frustrating through the first eight innings of play as they stranded men on second and third with nobody out as well as Bryant at third with one out later on. Yet that all came to an end when the Cubs scored four in the top of the ninth inning to rally and win 5-2. Offense will come around to its full swing soon, but at least they were able to score enough to win over the weekend.
Lastly, the bullpen has been lights out. Going back to Cincinnati, the bullpen has given up just 2 runs in 13.1 innings of work. Brandon Morrow finally got save opportunities in the final two games in Milwaukee and closed the door both times with no drama.
Heading back to Wrigley Field, opening day will be rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon due to weather.