When the Cubs started their brutal “June” stretch on May 31 against the Padres, they were six games over .500 (29-23), having just about wrapped up a scorching month against a soft schedule. Since then, despite playing those Padres six times, the Giants four times, and the Cardinals twice, the Cubs are 10 games over .500. They’ve gone 8-4 so far against those teams during this stretch, most of which was on the West Coast.
Since the Brewers might not lose again until mid-July, it’s good that the Cubs are keeping pace despite the schedule.
The Cubs ground down Cardinals starter John Gant yesterday, who couldn’t make it out of a 48-pitch second inning, and tacked on from there to make a mostly completely comfortable win. Kyle Hendricks gave up the obligatory two solo homers, but otherwise pitched very well, and although things got a little dodgy in the 9th – you hate that Craig Kimbrel had to come in – the dodginess was brief.
That’s a series win for the Cubs, with a chance to sweep it tonight. Enjoy the win: