Cubs Road Ahead: No time to rest in Cincinnati

Cubs Road Ahead: No time to rest in Cincinnati
July 7, 2014, 9:00 am
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After six straight road games the Cubs head to Cincinnati to play five games in four nights. CSN's Chris Boden and Todd Hollandsworth talk about the upcoming matchup in the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

After losing 40 percent of their rotation for the third straight season to trades, the Cubs are surely looking ahead to the All-Star break, where they'll reassess the team and get some needed rest.

But before that they'll face the daunting task of playing five games in four days against the Cincinnati Reds, beginning Monday on CSN.

The National League Central has been one of the best divisions in baseball all year, meaning the Cubs have faced unrelenting pressure from the Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. And while the Cubs stare another losing season in the face and wait for young reinforcements to come over the next few seasons, the reality right now, says CSN's Todd Hollandsworth, is this team will have to continuing fighting through rough stretches.

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"Rick Renteria is going to get these guys to fight, that's just it. Sometimes you look at this division, the Reds are a team right now that's looking to climb, they're looking to take advantage of the Cubs right now," he said. "And that's going to be the challenge going into Cincinnati.

"You lose two key pieces with Hammel and Samardzija and the first thing you want to do is take a deep breath and maybe feel sorry for yourself, but you've got to keep fighting. There's no forgiveness in baseball."

See what else Hollandsworth and Chris Boden had to say about the Cincinnati series, as well as the homestand against Atlanta to close out the first half, in the video above.