CSN's Cubs Pregame and Postgame host David Kaplan and analyst David DeJesus discuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Cubs' bats are finally coming around.
On the back of Anthony Rizzo, who hit three homers this weekend, the North Siders took two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds and have been winners of four out of five overall.
The offense will attempt to stay in their groove against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who swept the Cubs at Wrigley during the teams' last meeting.
Luckily for Chicago's pitching staff, Starling Marte won't be anchoring the Pirates' order. The outfielder is serving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
After Pittsburgh, Joe Maddon's club hits Fenway Park for what should be a wild three-game set against the Red Sox.
Watch David Kaplan and David DeJesus break down the upcoming matchups in the video above.
Fred Hoiberg wasn't pleased with the officials on Sunday.
Following the Bulls' 104-95 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 4, the Bulls head coach criticized the refs for not calling carries on Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
"He had a hell of a game tonight, but when you're allowed discontiue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard," Hoiberg said of Thomas. "He is impossible to guard when you're able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It's impossoble to guard him in those situations."
After hearing those comments, Thomas said that he can't recall at any point this entire season where he was called for a carry.
"I've been dribbling that way my whole life," Thomas said. "I don't know what to say to that."
Isaiah Thomas responds to Fred Hoiberg's accusation that he doesn't get called for carries pic.twitter.com/2xg2ik15HJ— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 24, 2017
Thomas finished the game with 33 points and seven assists in 35 minutes played, leading his team to even up the series at 2-2.