Chicago Cubs: Three takeaways from series sweep of Cardinals

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Chicago Cubs, Kyle Schwarber
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Takeaway #1: Kyle Schwarber breaks out of his slump

Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has struggled at the plate so far this season. Schwarber had just four hits in 40 at-bats with runners in scoring position coming into this weekend. He made his impression felt in two of the three games of this series.

During Saturday’s 9-4 win over the Cardinals, Schwarber had a great at-bat against starter Jack Flaherty that lasted 11 pitches. It ended with Schwarber crushing a homer to right field to tie the game. It was a big moment in a game where the Cubs went down 4-0 early.

Schwarber had another great game a day later when the Cubs took down the Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday. He went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a walk. Schwarber raised his batting average from .227 to .239 over the weekend.

He’s got some more room for improvement this season, but this was a big step in the right direction. Schwarber looked comfortable at the plate during the two games he started. He’s been critical of himself at times this season, so let’s hope this raised his spirits.

If Schwarber can be consistent along with a guy like Jason Heyward (who has struggled at times this year), this Cubs offense could become ultra-productive. For now, it’s enough if just Schwarber can keep raising his batting average.