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Heading into Tuesday’s game, all 25 of the Cubs games this season have been decided by four runs or less, a franchise record, and second most all-time in the Major Leagues. The 1914 Tigers have the longest streak to start the season at 33 games. Some key hits, better defense, and the Cubs could be 15-10, not 10-15.
“We know what our starting pitching can be every night,” Dale Sveum said. “If we can go through a stretch in the next 25 games with our starting pitching be as good as they have been in the first 25 games, then you know you’ll be in games and if our offense heats up and we start getting more timely hitting and we start busting some games open, you win some of those [close] games.
“The biggest thing right now why we’re 10-15 and not 15-10 is just timely hitting,” Sveum said. “Twenty-five games in a row have been decided by four runs or less. You get a little more timely hitting and you hit .250 instead of .150, that’s a lot of runs in 25 games.”
The Cubs were batting .157 with runners in scoring position, lowest in the Majors.
— Carrie Muskat