Well that wasn’t cool. The Cubs were swept by the New York Yankees in three very frustrating games. Let’s look at the talking points.
1st Inning Run Trend Continues
Six more 1st inning runs this series, which brings the season total to 39, easily leading the league. Brett Anderson gave up five in Saturday’s game and couldn’t even get more than one out before leaving the game with a lower back injury. Playing from behind is hurting the Cubs and it’s obvious they’re frustrated.
Brett Anderson Could Be On His Way Out
After giving up five runs in 0.1 IP, Brett Anderson exited Saturday’s game with a lower back injury, eventually leading to his placement on the disabled list. He’s struggled mightily recently and could be on his last legs with the team. His incentive-laden deal means he can easily be let go and if his replacement pitches well then the end of his tenure with the team could be looming.
Some of the bullpen has been great. Wade Davis in particular has been incredible, not allowing a run yet in over 14 IP. However the rest of the pen hasn’t been performing, especially this series. 11 ER and four HR was the damage this time around, with Hector Rondon giving up a game-deciding three-run homer in the 9th of game 1 while up 2-0 being the most heartbreaking thing that happened all weekend.
What’s next: The Cubs head to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies in a three-game series. Hopefully the squad can rattle off some wins to get back into 1st place in the NL Central, where they’ve fallen to 3rd after losing three in a row.