The Chicago Cubs are a streaky team.
Coming off a six game losing streak, the Cubs returned to Wrigley where it promptly won five consecutive games to bounce to the top of the Division over Milwaukee by one percentage point. The Cubs are now 30-27, three games over .500.
In the 10-2 win over Miami, Anthony Rizzo had three hits, including his 13th home run of the season. Jason Heyward had three hits, and John Jay hit a two-run double. Slowly, the Cubs’ bats are coming alive.
Not to forget, Jake Arrieta had a nice outing. At one time he retired 16 batters in a row. He got the win. The Cubs scored four run in one inning and six in another, to break open the game. In that frame, the Cubs had six hits. Players were spraying the ball to all sections of the field. Now, that was good to see.
I’d been calling for a team meeting and the Cubs did have a players only meeting before the last San Diego game. It has seemed like this meeting produced positive results. The players had an opportunity to “clear the air” and some players spoke up. What ever happened, it was a good thing. Because once they got back to Wrigley Field, the Cubs have been winning.
The Cubs need a few more games where they score 10 runs and get 11 hits. Guys have simply not hit the ball on a regular basis. And, it would be good to get them in the mix. Kyle Schwarber either hits a home run or makes an out. He is batting well below .200 and that has to change.
Jason Heyward has been hitting the ball and that is a good sign. He is displaying some of the prowress that made the Cubs invest a big contract in him. He is a very good fielder with a great arm. If he can hit .270, that would be a big development for the Cubs.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are tied with 13 homers to lead the club. Now, the Cubs need to get men-on-base, for them to do damage. That happened last night and it was good to see. Manager Joe Maddon spoke of the need and expectation that the hitters would start to hit.
Perhaps last night was a harbinger of things to come.