By: Alex Patt
Cubs fans have been waiting for the offense to break a week or so ago when they were in a slump. Well, they have. One may credit the position player only meeting the team had with hitting coach Chili Davis near the end of the 2-6 road trip. Since the start of their final game in Los Angeles, the Cubs have scored 46 runs on 61 hits in four games. They scored double-digit runs in each, which helped them lead to a three-game sweep of the Twins at Wrigley.
Everyone in the lineup has contributed, except for Kris Bryant who has been on the DL the past week. Jason Heyward raised his batting average in the .290s before he went hit-less in the finale, while Javier Baez continues to stay hot and ended Sunday with a .290/.326/.567 slash. Kyle Schwarber had a solid series as well, drawing some walks and hitting a tape-measure shot to the back of the batter’s eye on Friday. Probably the biggest swing of the weekend was Addison Russell’s go-ahead grand slam on Friday, which he took full advantage of the wind howling out. Oh, and lets not forget Jon Lester’s three-run home run either on Sunday.
The hitting may have been hot, however the pitching was not. The Cubs staff surrendered 25 runs to the Twins in those three games and saw the pen have to work real hard. Now some benefit of the doubt has to go to the pitching staff considering the conditions at Wrigley were as hitter-friendly as they get, but still would like to see better. Mike Montgomery Friday gave up five runs (three earned) in five innings while Tyler Chatwood surrendered seven runs Saturday. The bullpen had its struggles as well, but luckily the offense won the games for the Cubs. Overall the Cubs pitching staff had a 6.67 ERA in the series.
The Cubs will try to keep in rolling as they welcome the Detroit Tigers to Wrigley Field for a two-game set.