By Joseph Phillips
In their final home-stand of the 2019 regular season, the Chicago Cubs hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates (September 13-15), Cincinnati Reds (September 16-18) and the St. Louis Cardinals (September 19-22) at Wrigley Field.
After a three game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates where they exploded for 14 home runs on 47 runs during the weekend of Sept. 13-15, Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant was named National League Player of The Week for posting a 500 batting average, five home-runs and 13 RBIs.
The award marked the first time Bryant has won the NL Player of The Week, as his club had a 2 game lead at the time over NL Central rivals Milwaukee Brewers for second place of the NL Wildcard race.
But in spite of a successful home-stand by the Cubs from September 13-15, September 16th through September 22nd would be an immense struggle. As the team would suffer their worst home-stand of the year falling to the Cincinnati Reds in a series 2-1 and swept by their NL Central Divison foes St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. Finishing the home-stand at 4-8 and a six game losing streak.
The team most recently extended their losing streak to seven after a 9-2 loss to division rivals Pittsburgh Pirates on the road in the final week of the 2019 regular season. With a loss tonight to the Pirates or a Milwaukee Brewers win, the Cubs will be officially eliminated from playoff contention. Marking the first time the team has missed the playoffs since 2014.
During the weekend, the Cubs honored longtime broadcasting partner WGN-TV Saturday, September 21, during the team’s final home game broadcast on WGN-TV. Before the game, in commemoration of the 72-season partnership, the Cubs presented WGN-TV with a Wrigley Field scoreboard tile with the number nine on one side and the lyrics to “Go Cubs Go” etched on the other. Additionally, a group of the longest-tenured members of the WGN-TV broadcast crew gathered on the field for the first pitch and WGN-TV station members lead the crowd in singing the seventh-inning stretch.
(Source attributed to Chicago Cubs HQ.com, Chicago Crusader Newspaper, and MLB.com)