The Chicago Cubs ended a 4-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, April 29, with a 2-0 win having blanked the Brewers for the 3rd time in the series. The Brewers had won 8 straight before they were held to 2 runs and 14 hits in the sweep by the Cubs. Chicago’s starting pitchers, Hendricks, Darvish, Quintana and Chatwood, allowed an unearned run and 11 hits in 27 innings in the series. The Cubs improved to 7-1 against the Brewers this year and moved to a season-high 5 games above .500.
The Cubs starting rotation is finally taking off as predicted with 5 straight quality starts from the entire rotation. Before the offense and starting staff found success, the Cubs had been held together by their bullpen. Ranked 3rd in the NL, the bullpen has been the most consistent thing for the Cubs. New closer Brandon Morrow has been lights-out in the 9th inning, while set-up men Carl Edwards Jr. and Steve Cishek in the middle innings have done great jobs as well. Lefty Brian Duensing has yet to give up a run too.
The month of April has been a rollercoaster for the Cubs beginning with a relief staff that was carrying the load, then turned to an offense which scored the 2nd most runs per game in the league (5.28), and finished with a starting rotation spike. The Cubs are now living up to the hype from this offseason. If they can keep the wheels rolling and keep firing on all cylinders, we are looking at another potential World Series team.