The Cubs did not lose a game yesterday, but they lost their upcoming off-day on Thursday, which will now instead be a completely asinine one-day trip to Washington.
Meanwhile, the Brewers won again yesterday, completing the sweep of the helpless and ill-named Giants, who got an embarrassing outing from Madison Bumgarner. It’s easy to say “Cubs just need to take care of business,” but the reality is, there’s only so much you can do to fend off another club when they will not lose.
… until you play them, that is.
Thanks to the rain and MLB, it now feels like the urgency with which the Cubs will face this three-game series against the Brewers is ratcheted up even further. The prospect of having to do that BS trip trailing the Brewers by a game in the Central? Dear Lord, please do not make it so.
Anything other than a sweep and the Cubs will still hold the division lead. If they, themselves, pull off the sweep, the division is pretty much locked up. If they can just win the series, they’ll head back to Washington with a three-game lead. That sounds fantastic right about now.
After a rough trip to Washington, I hope the Cubs got some great sleep last night, and come to the park today with a little extra zing in their game.
Elsewhere, the Cardinals finally won a game, so they’re back to 4.5 games behind the Cubs, and continue to hold that second Wild Card spot by a game over the Dodgers. Those Dodgers are just a half-game back of the Rockies in the NL West, with the Diamondbacks 2.5 games back. It’s all a lovely competitive mess.
The East, however, is increasingly becoming the Braves’ to lose thanks to choke jobs by the Phillies (recently) and Nationals (season-long). The Braves now have a 4.5-game lead over the Phillies.