The Cubs began the second half with a bang by sweeping the Baltimore Orioles for their first three-game winning streak since June 18-20. The offense punished the weak O’s pitching for a total of 27 runs over the weekend.
Perhaps more importantly, Jake Arrieta and new addition Jose Quintana pitched very well in their weekend starts. With Kyle Hendricks near a return, the Cubs’ starting rotation begins to look a lot better.
Chicago faces an Atlanta Braves team ahead of schedule in their rebuild. After being picked to finish last by most experts, the 45-45 Braves are still alive for the Wild Card. While the playoffs are unlikely this year, contention is not far off.
The Cardinals dumped Matt Adams on Atlanta in May after Freddie Freeman broke his wrist. The svelte Adams has really taken to the Peach State, hitting .291 with 15 homers. Freeman has moved to third to accommodate his defensively challenged teammate and has come back strong with the bat as as well.
While the Braves pitching is not great (team ERA 4.65) it’s better than Baltimore’s. The Cubs need to keep winning to get back into the Central Division race. They have the pieces, they just need to play …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider