For all the problems in the bullpen, and a feast-or-famine offense that has scored almost all its runs via the homer, the Cubs incredibly have a chance Sunday take a .500 record into Monday’s home opener against Milwaukee.
“I think it’s the biggest game of the road trip,” said Alfonso Soriano, who’s one of seven Cubs with home runs already through just five games. “We haven’t played good, but if we win tomorrow, we can go home .500. Then we can forget these games and start over.”
Not bad for a team that opened the season with its worst Opening Day loss in 126 years, then blew eighth-inning leads two of the next three nights.
“This road trip so far has been kind of funny,” said Jeff Baker, whose pinch-hit homer in the eighth today proved the game-winner. “You could flip it around and we could be whatever-and-one, and on the flip side of that we could also be one-and-whatever.”
After their 11-run loss Monday, three of the past four games have been decided by one run each, and the other game was Thursday’s 2-0 win.
A win Sunday could provide more than a boost heading into the home opener, but also a boost heading into their next road trip, considering how poorly the Cubs played on the road most of last season (26-38 until late August).
“It’d be nice to come out tomorrow and get a win and go home with a split and go from there,” Baker said, “and try to build some momentum at home, where you know the fans are going to be excited, and it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”