These two teams have not met in the regular season in more than a full calendar year.
Most of the Cubs hitters are performing around their career norms. (Pitchers … well, that’s another story.)
Russell’s .366 SLG is more than 40 points below his career SLG coming into 2018 and since July 4, he is hitting .204/.274/.262 (21-for-103) with 21 strikeouts.
Almora, after being among the league leaders in BA for much of the first half, is hitting .200/.222/.229 (14-for-70) since July 9.
If these two would get going, I’d think most of the complaints about the Cubs offense would vanish.
Pitching, too, has been an issue since the All-Star break. Cubs pitchers have allowed 107 runs in the 21 games since the ASB, although 28 of those can be accounted for in two games (the 18-5 blowout to the Cardinals on July 20 and the 10-6 loss to the Padres last Sunday). That’s the second-most runs allowed by any N.L. team since the break. Fortunately for the Cubs, the most runs allowed since the break is 110, by the Brewers.
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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue