The Cubs’ offensive struggles early in the season have been well documented, and the recent three-game series in Milwaukee did nothing to dispel those stories.

In this divisional game, the Brewers’ pitchers combined for 18 innings, 7 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks and, most importantly, 26 strikeouts. Overall, the Cubs allowed just 13 hits and six walks, while striking out 33 times in the three games. In addition, three of the Cubs’ six runs came on a long ball – a solo home run by Chris Bryant and two runs by Wilson Contreras.

Here’s a recap of the Cubs’ excellent performance against the Brewers:

Kris Bryant hit 2-for-4 with the aforementioned home run and a single in the first game of the series.

Wilson Contreras secured the win for the Cubs with a two-run home run in Game 2.

Pedro Strop made his return to the mound in a Cubs uniform with a scoreless inning and win Tuesday night.

Adbert Alzolei worked 5.1 innings and allowed three hits, three earned runs and one walk while striking out six Milwaukee batters. He took the loss to open the series, even though he didn’t deserve it. Alzolei was extremely sharp, but lost his team a bit in the sixth inning when Andrew Chafin allowed his three inherited batters to score.

Alec Mills is out of the bullpen, while Kyle Hendricks was ejected less than an hour into Game 2 of the series. Mills has proven how important he is to the Cubs. He threw four innings and gave up two runs on a homerun by Luis Urias.

Top Next: Atlanta Braves

Throwing games :

  • Game 1 TBD (probably: Zach Davies) vs Drew Smiley
  • Game 2 TBD (likely: Trevor Williams) vs. Huascar Inoa
  • Game 3 TBD vs.

The Cubs have not yet officially announced their starting pitchers for next weekend’s series, but it is safe to assume that Zach Davies and Trevor Williams will start the first two games against the Braves. If there is no change for Alzolay, he will be in the final on Sunday night. The Cubs designated him as a replacement for Shelby Miller, but expect the switch to be undone before Sunday.

Manager David Ross will miss the first game of Friday night’s series as he is suspended for one game following the end of MLB discipline following the Cubs’ drama against the Brewers earlier this week.

Teddy Bear Keys

Putting the ball in play should be high on the Cubs’ priority list. We have seen what can happen when the Cubs are able to put the ball in play and stack it. That offensive pressure led to stolen bases and runners in scoring position, but they were unable to get those runners across the plate the few times they had the chance.

Drew Smyly is good at limiting free runs, so it would be easy for the Cubs to repeat exactly what hindered them in Milwaukee. It may sound like an old baseball cliché, but they have to string hits together to win.

Despite a slow start to the season, the Braves had a good offense. The Cubs’ hitters will need to catch runners, giving their pitchers a chance to stay in the game, as Atlanta will inevitably score runs.

In terms of personnel, Jake Marisnick, Eric Sogard and Ildemaro Vargas should be placed ahead of David Bote and Joc Pederson. It’s time for the Cubs to give these players a chance to help the team, as Bothe and Pederson seem to be hurting the team’s chances of winning in the 2021 season.

If the Cubs can keep their strikeout-to-walk ratio around 1.25:1, they are poised for success. Anything less and it would be almost impossible to consistently win games.

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