Cubs Road Ahead: Home stints vs. Giants, Orioles

Cubs Road Ahead: Home stints vs. Giants, Orioles
August 17, 2014, 8:00 pm
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The Cubs endured a three-game losing streak last week, but bounced back with a solid win against the New York Mets on Sunday. Check out what Comcast SportsNet's David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth had to say about the Cubs' upcoming matchups in the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs have played a lot of baseball in the past month — currently in a 32 games in 33 days stretch — and will have played 20 consecutive contests by the end of the week.

Javier Baez has cooled off since his first week in the majors — only five hits with 10 strikeouts in his last 26 at-bats — but the young arms of Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks continue to shine.

Arrieta tossed a two-hitter in 7 IP in the Cubs' most recent win vs. the Mets while Hendricks has allowed only three earned runs in his last 22.1 IP, and has picked up a victory in each of his three starts in August.

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"This rookie has been outstanding," Kaplan said of Hendricks, who will start Monday in the series finale against the Mets beginning at 11:10 a.m. on CSN. "He's getting really good tilt on his breaking stuff and he's been able to play at the corners."

Hollandsworth echoed those sentiments, and added:

"He's also been very, very efficient and fun to see — attacking the strike zone and game planning well. I feel like he's got one of the biggest check marks that you talk for young pitching, already checked off, which is understanding the pregame map."

The Cubs are continuing to see what "the kids" can do by promoting outfielder Matt Szczur, who will be tested when the Cubs welcome two postseason contenders in San Francisco and Baltimore to town this week.