By Hector Duran
The Cubs were able to go 3-3 this past week with games against the Giants and Nationals and now find themselves 2.5 games behind the Cardinals. It was a rough week for the Cubs and they really did not play like a 3-3 team but thanks to a couple 1 run victories, it wasn’t that bad. It was a tough schedule since both the Giants and Nationals are both in the hunt for playoff spots in October, so both of those teams were going to come out and give it their best. I blame the awful player weekend jerseys for how the Cubs performed against the Nationals.
Jon had a rough go at it, and he is now 10-9 with a 4.49 ERA. In his outing on Friday against the Nationals, he went 4.1 innings while giving up 9 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk and only 2 strikeouts. He has struggled basically all season and even though he has proven to be a better pitcher in the 2nd half, he hasn’t shown that at all this season. It sucks to say but if the Cubs make the playoffs and Lester continues to pitch like this, I do not see him making the playoff rotation. He has been great out of the bullpen when needed but it is something to think about that may be worrying,
I can’t get over how much of a boost Castellanos has been for this team. Over his last 7 games, he is slashing .452/.452/.774. He has collected 14 hits, hit 3 dingers and has driven in 7. This guy loves playing baseball and he is just the spark that the Cubs needed at the time that they acquired him. His energy is contagious and it’s fun seeing the rest of the players all gel together.
The Week Ahead
After an off day on Monday, the Cubs will travel to New York to take on the Mets in a 3-game series and then a huge weekend series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. This will be one of the bigger weeks of the season as the Mets have been surging and are making a late charge at a wild card spot and the Brewers are right in the thick of both the wild card and division race. On Sunday, rosters will expand to 40 players which will help everyone.