Their worst stretch of play in months couldn’t come at a a lot worse time for the Chicago Cubs.
The veteran crew might want to regroup on Monday’s off day following a dreadful 1-5 journey towards the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. Their 5 consecutive losses culminated with Sunday’s 6-2 defeat, getting swept for the primary time in nearly three months, sending the Cubs again to Chicago for his or her last homestand as they desperately attempt to maintain onto their playoff place.
The Cubs (78-72) enter Monday tied with the Miami Marlins for the ultimate National League wild-card spot, although if the season ended at this time, Chicago can be ignored as a result of they don’t maintain the tiebreaker.
“They were better than we were in all aspects of the game,” supervisor David Ross stated of the Diamondbacks. “They played better defense, they pitched better, they had timely hitting, they ran the bases better. We got beat all the way around. A bad road trip. Try to wash it on the off day tomorrow.”
The Cubs wasted their greatest alternative to erase Arizona’s lead and produce an enormous inning. They drove in only one run on Cody Bellinger’s double-play grounder. After Sunday’s failure to capitalize, the Cubs are 0-for-8 with one RBI in bases-loaded conditions since sweeping the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 6.
“It definitely hasn’t been ideal, it’s been frustrating,” Bellinger stated. “I think overall the past week there’s been a lot of unfortunate bounces and overall as a whole pretty disappointing, but looking in the future, we’re still in a good spot. A good amount of games left to play and just trust the group in here and myself to continue to roll and hopefully get on a hot little stretch.”
Their points with scoring runs Sunday performed into a bigger downside the final 10 days with the offensive struggles changing into notably pronounced in high-leverage moments. During the three-game collection at Chase Field, spanning 31 innings, the Cubs left 27 runners on base. They didn’t put a runner in scoring place in Friday’s 6-4 loss.
All the little issues have added up.
“We get to those moments and we have to lock in, grind a little bit harder in those moments and not get too anxious,” Ross stated. “We had a lot of traffic. The at-bats are not bad. We just get in those moments and take the pressure off the pitcher pretty quickly. We’ve got to keep the pressure on and have quality at-bats.”