Cubs to start long road trip in San Francisco

Cubs to start long road trip in San Francisco

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' three-game homestand concludes Wednesday, and it's back on the road after a day off on Thursday.

On May 21, Chicago began a 21-day stretch in which it'll play 19 games in six cities, putting the Cubs on a Chicago-to-Houston-to-Pittsburgh-to-Chicago-to-San Francisco-to-Milwaukee-to-Minneapolis-to-Chicago break.

That's a lot of cities. And a lot of air miles: 6,770 in all.

"Obviously, [we] have a tough stretch," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said prior to Wednesday's series finale against the Padres. "It'd be nice to sweep the series and get another win under our belt before we go on a tough road trip."

The first stop on the 10-game trip is the Bay Area, where the Cubs and Giants begin a four-game series Monday. The Giants entered Wednesday on a three-game winning streak.

"They've had some nice additions with [Angel] Pagan and Melky Cabrera. They've solidified their offense a little bit," Sveum said. "[Buster] Posey's healthy, so it's a little bit different offense than we saw a year ago. They still have the good pitching -- I know [Tim] Lincecum's struggling, but we're going to miss him anyway -- their bullpen's solid, they've got two quality left-handers out there. It's a quality team that's built for their ballpark, too."