In these 3 games against Philadelphia, the Cubs played just as they were supposed to. Failing to take care of business against inferior opponents has sort of been the 2016 Cubs’ achilles heel. Of course, if you’re really a Cubs homer you’d argue that they’re all inferior opponents. Still, the 2016 Cubs have dropped series to the likes Colorado, Milwaukee and San Diego. At the same time, they’ve taken 2 of 3 in both series against division rival St. Louis, and 5 of 6 from Pittsburgh. To me, the trend that occurs when the Cubs start to slide has to do with lethargic hitting against lesser opponents.
There was none of that in this series against Philly. The Cubs dropped bombs in game one, including David Ross’ 100th career homer, and another that Jorger knocked out of the Soler system.
We saw Kyle Hendricks throw his best start of the season in game 2, with a 5 hit performance. We also got to see Dexter Fowler go leadoff yabo to start the game.
Then we got today’s slugfest. Highlight video is not up yet, so we’ll have to get back to you on that, but here’s what happened:
The Cubs scored in each of the first three innings. In the first, Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single. In the second, Miguel MANtero went deep to make it 2-0. In the third, Ben Zobrist delivered a three run shot to make it 5-0.
Then, in the fifth, Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero would add two more RBI singles to make it 7-0.
The Phillies would tack on two runs later in the game on separate solo shots, but that would be that.
John Lackey allowed only 4 hits over 7 innings, with his only run coming on a solo shot in the seventh.
Heading into what should be a very competitive series against the Dodgers, the Cubs are looking mighty fine. Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist are red hot, and the rotation is looking deeper than ever. Look for the Cubs to get going on another tear as LA comes to town tomorrow night.