Don’t look now but the Chicago Cubs are streaking. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Saturday while extending their winning streak to 5 games.
Jeff Samardzija was the starting pitcher for the Cubs. Samardzija was shelled last Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cubs’ pitcher was looking for a bounce back outing against the Marlins on Saturday. Samardzija found that outing on Saturday. Samardzija earned his second victory of the season on Saturday while lasting 7 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk.
Offensively, the Cubs were led by Junior Lake. Lake hit a pair of solo home runs on Saturday in the Cubs’ victory. Lake now has 8 home runs on the season.
As a result of their 5-game winning streak, the Cubs have moved their record to 25-34 on the season.
The Cubs have been an anomaly this season. While the team remains 9 games under the .500 mark, that does not mean that the Cubs have not been competitive. Look no further than the Cubs’ run differential of -8 on the season.
With the Cubs’ bullpen thriving and the offense coming around, perhaps the Cubs can continue to string wins together and move closer to the .500 mark.
In any event, the Cubs will go for their sixth consecutive victory on Sunday.