CSN's Kelly Crull and analyst Dave Otto discuss the upcoming matchups and Kyle Schwarber's slump in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers. The Cubs haven't received any California love so far on their six-game road trip. At Dodger Stadium this weekend, the North Siders were swept away in three games that were never really close. And, now, Joe Maddon's club must regroup on the fly as they head to San Diego to open a three-game set with the Padres on Monday. If it's any consolation prize, the Cubs' bats did show signs of life against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. They roughed him up for 11 hits and four earned runs.
The Cubs are calling in a new lineup that will serve up more than just peanuts and Cracker Jack. The Cubs are bringing in some of Chicago’s best chefs to serve gourmet, ballpark-inspired dishes at Wrigley Field. Stephanie Izard, Matthias Merges, Jeff Mauro, Rick Bayless and Graham Elliot are the five chefs in the Cubs rotation that will lead their Chef Series for the next three months. The special dishes will be available at the newly renovated Sheffield Counter on the main concourse, which is near the ballpark’s right-field line. David Burns, executive chef for the Cubs’ hospitality partner Levy, said this is one way the Cubs are trying to set a new gold standard for ballpark food. “We’ve emphasized
LOS ANGELES – It didn’t look pretty for the Cubs at Dodger Stadium the last three games. Not enough pitching. Even less hitting for much of it. But one of the areas of greatest concern for the club these first two months of the season has begun to regain the shape that helped win last year’s championship. Perhaps not surprisingly, a sharp uptick in team fielding the past week coincided with Gold Glover Jason Heyward’s return from the disabled list to right field. But the trend has looked like a slow-burn buildup for even a week or so before that. “We’re making all the routine plays now. The errors are cut down,” said pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who has been a beneficiary during a 2-1, 2.19-ERA May,