There are countless reasons why the Chicago Cubs are closing in on 100 losses. Their road play against the NL West is near the top of the list.
The Cubs continue their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night looking to end a 17-game road losing streak against NL West opponents.
Chicago hasn't recorded 100 losses in a season since 1966, when it finished 59-103, but the Cubs (59-98) are quickly approaching that dubious distinction. They have lost six straight overall and dropped to 0-17 against NL West teams on the road this year with an 8-3 loss Friday.
The defeat was their franchise-record 57th on the road this season (22-57).
"You wish you had the magic potion for that one but even the great teams struggle on the road," manager Dale Sveum said. "They don't struggle as bad but you know the road is going to be difficult."
Justin Upton and Cody Ransom homered and Arizona (79-78) avoided a third straight loss, although it was eliminated from playoff contention.