5 biggest takeaways from the Chicago Cubs series against the Texas Rangers

The Chicago Cubs didn't do great in their first weekend [image via Jholtgrewe/Wikimedia Commons]
The Chicago Cubs didn't do great in their first weekend [image via Jholtgrewe/Wikimedia Commons]

The weekend did not go how Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein wanted and it's hard to know if that's a sign or an outlier

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The Chicago Cubs didn't have a great first weekend. They lost two of three to the lowly Texas Rangers, who are expected to be among the worst in the American League. Several things stood out for a team that had promised to be getting off to a better start than this.

1

There's still something wrong with Yu

Yu Darvish had a horrendous first start of the season. This was after spending all spring laying the groundwork for a great season. In 2.2 innings, he walked seven and allowed three runs. While some are trying to claim this was about nerves, the more likely scenario is that there is still something physically wrong with him. Either way, this is still not the Yu Darvish Cubs fans were expecting in 2019.

2

The bullpen is attrocious

The Cubs had leads in both Saturday and Sunday's games. They blew them both. We knew their bullpen was going to be iffy but it appears there's about one person the team can count on now. Steve Cishek is the only guy who didn't have problems. Pedro Strop's outing was perhaps the worst of the weekend just because he appeared to have no clue what he was doing.

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