‘We like happy flights’: Cubs leave Wrigley with good vibes after sweep of Padres
The Cubs are on some kind of roll.
It all culminated in a sweep of the Padres after Wednesday’s 6-1 win. San Diego came into the series with the best record in the National League and are almost universally considered to be a World Series contender this season.
The Cubs have now won 9 of their last 10 games and are 21-8 overall since the start of May.
“We had a good homestand,” David Ross said. “We had two good teams in here. The [Padres with the] best record in baseball coming in here — lot of talent over there. We call that a happy flight on getaway day. That’s always nice. We like the happy flights. The guys have been playing really well.”
The stats from the Padres series show a complete domination from the Cubs in all facets of the game.
16 extra-base hits (8 homers)
1.67 ERA (5 earned runs)
0.89 WHIP (18 hits, 6 walks)
The Cubs bullpen continued their torrid stretch, allowing just 1 earned run in 11 innings in the series.
Anthony Rizzo had 5 of those hits in 2 games after returning from a week on the shelf with a back injury. Javy Báez and Patrick Wisdom each hit 3 homers in the series.
The Cubs have now swept the NL East leader (Mets), the NL West leader (Padres), defending world champs (Dodgers) and went 2-1 against the team immediately behind them in the NL Central standings (Cardinals).
“Overall as a team right now, we’re the best team in this division,” said Adbert Alzolay, who picked up the win Wednesday. “I feel that the chemistry around this team, around the hitters, the bullpen, the starting rotation, everything is coming together. As a team, we’re on the same page. That’s what you need to play the way that we’re playing right now.
“If you see this whole team all the way around, you see we have the talent to compete and win another World Series for this city. I think that’s the mindset right now. We just gotta keep going about it. The energy and the chemistry around this team just feels awesome.”
Sitting at 32-23, the Cubs are in sole possession of first place in the NL Central and now hit the road for their first West Coast trip in two years. They’ll play a 4-game series in San Francisco starting Thursday and then have a date with the Padres again in San Diego next week.
The Cubs’ June schedule will also include a trip to play the Dodgers and rematches with the Mets, Indians and Cardinals. It’s a tough task but they started the month’s slate on the right foot by sweeping the Padres.
“I think we’re pretty damn good,” Ross said. “But all that matters is our belief here and I think these guys believe that.”