Gut Check Time For The Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs ended the first half of the season in a slump, and have started the second half 3-2 after dropping a game to the New York Mets  tonight. They should have won the game that was ripe with opportunties, but they failed to get the job done.    In the top of the ninth closer Hector Rondon coughed up the lead surrendering three hits, and one earned run, but this loss falls on an offense that continues to struggle against good pitching.

The Cubs were only 2-13 with runners in scoring position on the evening. Wasting a solid performance by ace Jake Arrieta in the process.  The inability to score with the basesloaded in the ninth only underscored the problem for the entire game. The Cubs had the Mets Noah Syndergaard on the ropes for the first three innings, but only scored a single run when the Mets made an errant throw. In particular Kris  Bryant, who is having a great season, but left six men on base tonight. The Cubs left ten for the game.  It is inexcusable for any team not to score with the bases loaded, and no outs.

Gut check time will come in tomorrow's contest when they have the series finale.  This was a tough loss for the Cubs, are the bright lights getting to the young Cubs? It was one thing to win when nobody expected last season, but the pressure will be on for them the rest of way. Games are going to be tight the rest of the way, and if they make the playoffs the pressure to execute will be greater.

Can they put a bad game behind them? We find out tomorrow.