The Cubs just split a series with the Miami Marlins, and it was a missed opportunity for the boys in blue pinstripes. The pitching staff was excellent, but the offense failed to take advantage of the opportunities afforded it.
Now the Cubs head to the District of Columbia, where the impressive Washington Nationals await them for a four-game series. The Nats are the third-best offensive team in the majors in fWAR (15.4), ninth in pitching fWAR (8.5), and currently have the second-best record in the National League (45-30). They are sitting pretty in their division with a nine-game lead over the second place Atlanta Braves.
The Cubs will need to continue their strong pitching against a team that is third in runs scored (138) this month, and that is slashing .283/.338/.492 with 40 home runs. The Cubs are 22nd in runs scored (110), have hit 35 home runs, and are slashing .255/.338/.462 in June. If those trends continue, this trip might not be a lot of fun.
Things are a little bit different for the pitching, as the Cubs are allowing the lowest opponent wOBA (.287) for the month of June, compared to Washington’s 10th ranked wOBA against (.314). Essentially, it indicates the …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider