The previous season, the Chicago Cubs managed to make the playoffs after just 60 games. On Monday, they are still trying to regroup after slumping to a 9-4 defeat to the San Diego Padres.
The Woes Continue For The Chicago Cubs
After 60 games, the Cubs’ record stands at 33-27. They are trailing the Milwaukee Brewers in central NL by half a game. Last year, their record stood at 34-26 which was enough to let them be the champions of the Central National League.
This season, the Chicago Cubs are having trouble finding a consistent starting pitcher. As a result, the team has to look at the bullpen frequently and early. On Monday, Adbert Alzolay had a shaky start. His recovery never happened. In the 4th, he had to leave after the middle finger on his right hand sustained a blister. By then, the Chicago Cubs had recovered a 4-0 score to a 4-3.
David Ross, the manager, said that Alzolay had this injury for quite a bit of time, and the blister has been drained. However, he could not say if Alzolay can start next weekend in Wrigley Field for the St. Louis Cardinals match.
There were control issues because of the injured finger. But the defeat was not only his fault. The team’s offense fell asleep once more, a repeating problem for the squad all week. Currently, they are only hitting a meager .174 on their trip on the West Coast. During this trip, three is the highest number of hits in a single inning that Chicago has managed.
Alzolay started the 3rd innings by striking out Fernando Tatis Jr. as well as Eric Hosmer. But then, Brian O’Grady hit a home run with a man on the base for two runs. Another run brought the score to 4-0. Chicago then scored 3 runs as a reply to Brian Weathers, the starter for the Padres, in the 4th.