The Chicago Cubs are officially on fire.
They have won two straight and eight of their last 10 contests.
They might be still third in the NL Central with a 55-53 record, but they are getting closer to the top spot (just three games back) and are the only squad in the division with a positive run differential (+77).
Their last two wins have been thoroughly impressive: they thrashed the Reds, 20-9 and 16-6, on consecutive days to close the gap.
They made some history in the process, according to Cubs insider Jesse Rogers.
“The Cubs are the 1st team to have 10 extra base hits and 5 HR in consecutive games in MLB history,” he tweeted.
The Cubs are the 1st team to have 10 extra base hits and 5 HR in consecutive games in MLB history. https://t.co/2X22cfhUl0
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 3, 2023
This might be a tweet about the Cubs and their red-hot lineup, but it’s also about the Reds.
Cincinnati is fighting for the playoffs, yet failed to address their biggest weakness at the deadline: pitching.
If the last two games are proof of the lines we could eventually see, it’s not an encouraging landscape for Reds fans.
But back to the Cubs: everybody in their lineup seems to have an arrow pointing up.
From Dansby Swanson to Christopher Morel and the newly acquired Jeimer Candelario, this lineup can really hit.
As a franchise, the Cubs hadn’t scored 36 runs in a two-game span in 125 years.
They weren’t even named “Cubs” back then.
Chicago is now in a prime position to make the NL Central a three-team race.
It will be an exciting time for Reds, Cubs, and Milwaukee Brewers fans as they vie for the top spot.NEXT: Christopher Morel Makes Bold Prediction For The Cubs