Let’s look at the positive side.
Since the All-Star break the Cubs are 26-15. That’s a .634 winning percentage. Keep winning at that percentage for the remaining 33 games, that’s 21 wins, or 90 for the season, which should be enough for a division title. Of those 33 games, 26 of them are against teams currently over .500 — the seven vs. the Brewers. Every other team remaining on the Cubs schedule is at .500 or below.
Also, the Cubs are on a three-game winning streak at Wrigley Field, having swept the Blue Jays in the last homestand.
And, the Cubs will have 24 of their final 33 games against teams in the N.L. Central, where they have a 30-22 record, which is the best intradivisional record of any of the Central teams. (Remaining games outside the Central: four vs. Braves and three vs. Mets at Wrigley, and two vs. Rays at Tampa.)
Feel better now?
Here are today’s particulars.
Jay CF, La Stella 2B, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Happ LF, Avila C, Heyward RF, Baez SS, Montgomery P
Mike Montgomery vs. Trevor Williams
Mike Montgomery had probably the best start of his Cubs career in his last outing. I’d take another one of those, please.
Against the Pirates this year he has three relief appearances totaling five innings, with two earned runs allowed, four walks and four strikeouts. I don’t think I need to tell you that MiMo has to cut down on the walks to be successful. He did that against the Reds last week; if he can do that again, good things will happen.
Trevor Williams has made two relief appearances and two starts against the Cubs this year. Results: 5.27 ERA, 1.610 WHIP, seven walks in 13⅔ innings. In his last start vs. the Cubs, July 7 at Wrigley Field, he didn’t get out of the fourth inning.
On the other hand, he just threw eight shutout innings against the Dodgers in his last start. So: Who knows?
Today's game is on WGN.
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