CHICAGO -- The Cubs will face the top three teams in the National League Central Division, starting Tuesday when they open a 10-game trip to Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
Chicago may be 12 games back, but don't call the Cubs "spoilers," manager Mike Quade said prior to a 5-4 win on Sunday.
"Not right now," he said. "You understand who you're playing. Going into Pittsburgh last time [July 8-10], we had an opportunity to take two out of three and let one get away late. That was encouraging to me because they've been tough on us.
"You always get up for St. Louis," he said. "This whole road trip is a challenge and an emotional lift. I love this. I can't wait to get to Milwaukee and St. Louis and Pittsburgh and enjoy the challenge of playing those guys."
Heading into Sunday's game against the Astros, the Cubs were 14-24 against their Central Division rivals, including 4-3 against the Brewers, 1-5 against the Cardinals and 3-6 against the Pirates.