CHICAGO -- The Cubs extended their home run streak to five games when pinch-hitter Joe Mather went deep in the sixth inning of Friday's 5-4 win over the Dodgers. They've homered in seven of their past nine games.
That's a far cry from the start of the season, when the Cubs homered in only three of their first 17 games.
Manager Dale Sveum said his club's recent home run barrage has been due to the warmer weather and getting out of unfriendly hitters' parks such as Marlins Park.
"The home runs will start coming gradually when the weather warms up and the guys really start getting their swings down and start seeing a lot of stuff," Sveum said. "A lot of times, it happens that way. We're not going to be a huge home run-hitting team anyway, but obviously, we need to hit some more like we have been."