The Cubs blew a golden opportunity this week. They split a series against San Diego and then got swept by a good Reds club that wasn’t playing all that great when it arrived on Friday.
The strength of schedule early on has been a big factor for the Cubs, who have gone 7-4 against teams with losing records last year and just 4-16 vs. clubs with winning records.
Coming up this week, they have 3 to finish the homestand against 2 of the hottest teams in baseball (Texas and St. Louis) and then head to Washington for the weekend.
So, they will be facing three terrific pitching staffs this week with an offense that has been very inconsistent this season.
At 9 games under .500 already, this is a critical time. The Cubs need to avoid getting buried beyond escape in the standings. Yes, it’s still early, but the Cubs are already 9 games out and if they don’t make some progress with their record in a timely fashion, the trade rumors will start flying sooner than later.