The Chicago Cubs took a trip over to Detroit to start the week and came up with some pretty disappointing results.
- Monday, August 24th: Cubs 9, Tigers 3
- Tuesday, August 25th: Tigers 7, Cubs 1
- Wednesday, August 26th: Tigers 7, Cubs 6
Don’t Let Javy Get Hot!
The Detroit Tigers are not a great baseball team. That being said, it is still the Chicago Cubs’ duty to beat the team they are scheduled to face. The Cubs did just that on Monday night.
It turns out all the bats needed was a fresh, young pitcher to prey on. Tigers’ top prospect, Casey Mize, allowed four runs in 3.1 innings leading to a 9-3 victory for the Chicago Cubs.
David Bote had four RBIs including a nice little dinger for himself.
Bote’s offensive night was no surprise, as he has been very solid at the plate for the Cubs this season. The surprise on Monday was Javy Baez. Could this potentially be the end of his horrendous start to the season?
El Mago hit not one, but two long balls in the series opener.
Alec Mills posted a solid performance of seven strong innings while allowing three earned runs.
The Cubs welcome Tyler Chatwood and Jose Quintana back to the team Tuesday.
Offensive Inconsistency Is Fun
The Chicago Cubs have continued the trend where the bats show up whenever they please. On Tuesday night, they did not show up.
The Chicago Cubs had a whopping four hits against the Tigers on Tuesday night, leading to a 7-1 loss. The lone run came on a ninth-inning Willson Contreras deep fly.
Tyler Chatwood got hit very, very hard in his 1.1 innings while giving up two earned runs. He was also extremely erratic and allowed five walks in this start. Take a look at the hard contact the Tigers were able to generate against Chatwood.
On another note, Jose Quintana made his first appearance of this 2020 season and actually looked pretty solid. He gave up three runs in his three innings of work, but it was promising to see him out on the mound. We hope to see him in a starting role very soon given some the starting pitchers’ struggles as of late.
Tigers Pile On Cubs In Series Finale
The bullpen once again failed the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday evening. The Cubs scored three runs in the ninth inning but it was not enough as they lost 7-6 to the Tigers.
Jon Lester came out with a nice bounce-back start, allowing just one run in five innings of work.
Once David Ross handed the game over to the bullpen, it turned into a circus. The sixth inning included multiple fielding miscues that led to five runs from the Detroit Tigers.
Kyle Schwarber hit a home run and the bottom of the order rallied in the ninth inning, but ultimately this series was a big pile of poop.
On Tap Observations
The bullpen is really showing there are only a few trustworthy arms. It is a serious issue that I hope gets addressed by the front office. If it is not, this team is looking at a quick exit from the playoffs.
The inconsistency of the bats the last few seasons is enough to drive any fan absolutely insane. That is all I have to say about that.
What’s On Tap Next
The Cubs pop on over to Cincinnati for a four-game set including a doubleheader on Saturday. They will look to get back on track against a Reds team that has underperformed to an 11-17 record that slots them at fourth place in the NL Central.
- Friday, August 28th: Kyle Hendricks vs. Anthony Desclafani
- Saturday, August 29th (Game 1): Yu Darvish vs. Trevor Bauer
- Saturday, August 29th (Game 2): TBD vs. Tyler Mahle
- Sunday, August 30th: Alec Mills vs. Luis Castillo
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