Ian Happ is trying to fight out of a 2-for-21 slump since a torrid nine-game start to his big-league career. He was hitless in five at-bats Sunday.
Road worriers? Not Cubs. But if fans want to worry? “Please, freak out,” manager Joe Maddon said. “If you want to freak out, freak out.”
Largely the same group of fielders that performed at historic levels in 2016 have been shaky this season, until looking sharper the last week or two.
MORRISSEY: Cubs pitcher’s struggles date to last year.
The Dodgers’ MLB-leading pitching staff shut out the Cubs 4-0 Friday and 5-0 Saturday and try for the sweep behind their ace Sunday.
John Lackey (4-5) gave up five runs, six hits and four walks in six innings.
“All the elite pitchers drop in velocity,” said the agent, who added the bigger signs of Arrieta’s value are durability, history and big-game success.