The Cubs have lost five in a row. The Cubs have been outscored 29-8 during this streak.
The Cubs have not lost more than five in a row since September 5-12, 2014, when they lost seven straight (swept by the Pirates at home, swept by the Blue Jays in Toronto, lost the first of a three-game set in Pittsburgh). They were outscored 55-13 (!) during that streak.
The last time any Cubs team lost an entire road trip of six games was August 3-8, 2012, to the same two teams they've played on this one, in the same order: swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the Padres in San Diego, outscored 27-12.
That Cubs team, as you know, was one of the worst in franchise history, losing 101 games. We certainly don't want to see this team match that one's futility.
Here are today’s particulars.
Zobrist 2B, Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Contreras C, Baez SS, Arrieta P
Cordero CF, Solarte 2B, Myers 1B, Renfroe RF, Schimpf 3B, Spangenberg LF, Aybar SS, Torrens C, Perdomo P
Jake Arrieta vs. Luis Perdomo
Jake Arrieta didn't have a bad outing in Los Angeles -- six innings, four runs, nine strikeouts -- but then, it wasn't really a good outing, either. "Just good enough to lose," as the saying goes. With so many new faces on the Padres, Jake doesn't have much of a track record against any of them (5-for-25). All I can really say is that we need 2016 Jake to show up, because so far the 2017 version appears broken.
Luis Perdomo was bad last year, posting a 5.71 ERA, 1.589 WHIP and -1.0 bWAR. He's been bad this year, with a 5.61 ERA, 1477 WHIP and -0.3 bWAR in eight starts.
He made a three-inning relief appearance against the Cubs last year, but that doesn't tell us much. We do have some more recent evidence, even if it's only spring training. Perdomo pitched against the Cubs March 13 in Peoria, Arizona and allowed five hits and two runs in 3⅔ innings. Here is one of those hits:
Wake up.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 13, 2017
Go to sleep.
That's a monster home run by Ian Happ. Here's hoping for more of that today.
Today's game is on WGN.
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