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10-8, 1st in NL Cent
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Cubs slip in Week 3 Power Rankings

While the Cubs' lineup is beginning to heat up, including Jason Heyward, their rotation is struggling. Chicago failed to record a quality start last week.

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After getting swept by the Pirates in Chicago last week, the Cubs will be looking for revenge when they face Chad Kuhl and the Pirates on Monday night (7 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN). Luckily for the Cubs, Kris Bryant loves facing the Pirates and has a .361 career batting average against them.

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Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo launched a 390-foot home run to right field in the 4th inning of Chicago's eventual loss to the Reds on Sunday. Rizzo has homered in three straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in his career.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats and Information Bronson Arroyo's avg velocity on his pitches today was 76.6 mph, slowest of the season for him. He held the defending champions to 3 hits and 2 runs without walking a batter over 6 innings. Cubs starter John Lackey: "You don't see that kind of stuff anymore."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have hit at least one HR in 15 straight games in Cincinnati, tied for fourth longest streak by a visiting team there since 1920. (ESPN Stats). In all they've hit 35 HR's in that stretch, an average of 2.3 per game.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss Bronson Arroyo holding the Cubs in check with velocity that hovered in 70's most of the day.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his loss to the Reds on Sunday where he gave up 5 earned runs and 7 total on a sloppy day for the Cubs.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs dropped the finale to the Reds 7-5 on Sunday after getting down early in the game but the story of the day has to be Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. He may have reached 85 mph on a pitch or two but he hovered in the 70's while retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Anthony Rizzo's third home run in as many days were the only runs scored off of Arroyo as he fanned 7 with his slow stuff. A ninth inning rally stalled when Miguel Montero hit into a double play while John Lackey wasn't great and neither was the Cubs defense. Their win streak ends at 4.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo hit his third home run in as many days, one shy of his career high for consecutive games with a long ball. The hit also extends his hitting streak to 12 games, tied for a career high. He has 4 HR and 4 doubles during the streak.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey just gave up his 5th HR of the season, to Scott Schebler of the Reds, tying him for 3rd most given up in the NL behind 4 other pitchers. Lackey has also given up at least one first inning run in all 4 of his starts this season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is as convinced as ever he's making the right decision having Kyle Schwarber lead off. And it's for the most obvious of reasons: "The more I see it the more I like it. The extra number of at-bats throughout the season. It's becoming more obvious."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jason Heyward's progress at the plate even just since spring training.

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Ben Zobrist returns to the lineup after missing a few days with back tightness as the Cubs go for the sweep in Cincinnati on Sunday. Miguel Montero catches John Lackey with Jon Jay in CF.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the Cubs 12-8 win over the Reds on Saturday. He got hit early but then settled down to throw six innings.

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Watch Willson Contreras discuss his first career grand slam in the Cubs 12-8 win over the Reds on Saturday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Heyward explain why it's not necessarily just the home runs that tell him his swing is doling well. He hit a 3 run shot on Saturday after hitting a home run on Friday, the first time he's gone deep in back to back games since June, 2015.

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The Cubs' offense has feasted at Great American Ballpark since the beginning of last season. Saturday was more of the same for Chicago, which connected for three home runs in a 12-8 victory over the Reds.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs898th
Batting Average.2529th
On Base Percentage.3376th
Slugging Percentage.41015th
Earned Run Average3.9018th
Quality Starts6Tied-26th
WHIP1.239th
BAA.2266th

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