Cubs defense made one highlight-reel play after another during recently completed homestand
The Cubs completed one of the best homestands of the season with seven wins in eight games against the White Sox, Mariners and Marlins.
Those that were complaining before the break that the Cubs could not beat teams with winning records or the elite starting pitchers, the true Aces in the game. Well, the Cubs went 7-1 during an eight-game stretch with a series win against the Mariners (54-52) and a sweep over the Marlins (57-51) and three of the victories were in games started by Chris Sale, Felix Hernandez and Jose Fernandez.
The Cubs outscored the Sox, Mariners and Marlins 44-19 during the homestand but if you take out the two run differential games against the Sox (8-1) and Mariners (12-1), the Cubs scored 24 runs in the other five games while allowing 17. The Cubs had three one-run victories, one win by two runs and two walk-offs during the homestand.
The Cubs defense was spectacular for a majority of the homestand. And was really the difference in several of the games. The Cubs did not give the Sox, Mariners or Marlins extra outs. The one game the defense faltered, the Cubs lost to the Mariners.
Here are a few of the defensive highlights from the homestand that includes a pitcher making a leaping grab in left field and a catcher making a sliding catch in left field …
The Cubs defense has been outstanding all season. Very few times have the Cubs kicked the ball around the diamond this year.
While the pitching and offense has garnered a majority of the attention, and rightfully so, the defense is another one of the reasons the Cubs have the best record in baseball.