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The era of the Cubs may beshort-lived.After sweeping the nation last year with a stunning World Series win against the Indians, the Cubs are on the brink of getting swept themselves this weekend.Pitching has been a big problem for the Cubs (16-14) this season, as the defending champs have struggled to get out of the first inning. The Yankees continued Chicago’s unsavory trend by putting up five runs in the first inning Saturday, which led to an 11-6 win.Aaron Hicks went 4 for 5 with three runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a stolen base to lead the Yankees . The outfielder has been one ofthe Yankees’ surprising heroes this season, and is now batting a cool .355.Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro continued blasting his former club. He collected three hits with two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk. He is batting .381 this season.Things got so bad for Cubs pitchers Saturday that backup catcher Miguel Montero had to pitch the ninth inning. He was the only Cubs “pitcher” to leave the game without an earned run.Things will likely pick up for the Cubs. Guys like Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras will heat up, the bullpen will calm down, and the starters will learn how to actually start games. Chicago fans will likely give the team a bit of leeway after last season, which is good because this team is still capable of producing something special despite the slow start.At least Montero wasn’t the only catcher forced to pitch Saturday. The Twins had to use backup catcherChris Gimenez for 2/3 of an inning in their 11-1 lo s to the Red Sox.Studs of the NightPirates ace Gerrit Cole was held to a no-decision Saturday, but he dazzled the Brewers by allowing just one run off of two hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Pittsburgh ultimately beat Milwaukee 2-1 in 10 innings, and Cole lowered his ERA to 3.14 for the season.Rockies trio Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu combined for eight hits, five runs scored, five RBIs and a home run (Arenado) in a 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks. The Rockies and Diamondbacksboast two of the most explosive lineups in MLB, buttheir pitching will be the difference between a solid season and po sible World Series contention.Dud of the NightGiants starting pitcher Ty Blach was hammered for 10 runs (eight earned) off of 11 hits in just three innings of work. Blach was pounded by the Reds early and often, which led to a 14-2 lo s. The Giants are now a disappointing 11-20 this season, and are in desperate need of pitching help with Madison Bumgarner still injured.HighlightHouston’s Carlos Correa is not your average shortstop.OK, @TeamCJCorrea. You’re just showing off now. MLB (@MLB) May 7, 2017What’s Next:Nationals (21-9) at Phillies (12-17) 2:35 p.m. ET Ryan Zimmerman hit another home run Saturday, continuing his unmatched form so far this season. Washington will send Tanner Roark(3-1, 4.04 ERA) to the mound toface off against Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 3.18) in an intriguing pitching duel. The Nationals have won four straight games, and are 12-3 on the road this year.

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