The Cubs were struggling after losing 2 out of 3 to the arch rival Cardinals, that dropped them to 18-19. Since then, they went 7-2 on a homestand before heading out west. We saw a lot of what we were looking to see this whole season. They really did look like the Cubs of 2016, I am going to breakdown some of what I saw over this past week and a half;
The power is back:
On the homestand, the Cubs hit 20 home runs and showed of their tremendous power. When the wind is blowing out to center field, this offense becomes even more lethal.
The Starting Pitching looked improved:
Jake Arrieta was looking as bad as he ever had before and came in and pitched excellent. Kyle Hendricks remained unstoppable and has a sub 2.00 ERA in his last 6 starts. Jon Lester threw a complete, 1 run gem in under 100 pitches. John Lackey and Eddie Butler struggled early but finished strong. The starting pitching is trending up compared to last week.
Jason Heyward came back and played great, Ben Zobrist has been the Cubs best hitter since recovering from a sore back. Rizzo his hot again and Jon Jay has still been clutch while pinch hitting. This team showed what they can do when they are healthy.
Ian Happ is a keeper:
Happ was called up and immediately proved his worth. He got off to a hot start with 2 homeruns and 5 RBIs already, his clutch hitting and defensive flexibility is perfect for this team and shows why he might be Ben Zobrist 2.0.
The Cubs in a much better place today as they go on the west roadtrip then they were two weeks ago. They take on the Dodgers and Padres before coming home to take on the Cardinals.