By Jacob Kornhauser on April 13, 2014
Every year in the baseball season, there are a couple of series that are a little more important than all the rest. Teams and players circle these momentum changing series on their calendars and look forward to them all year. Here are five series that fit that description for the Cubs this season.
The Brewers have been one of the more surprising teams in the league this season and are leading the NL Central through two weeks. This will be a big test for the Cubs as the season moves into full swing. Even if it doesn't have huge standings implications, it should be a good measuring stick series for a young and developing team like the Cubs.
Anytime the Cubs get the chance to play an equally historic franchise in the Yankees, it's going to be a series players get up for. It isn't often these two teams meet, and they play at a time when some clubs start to separate themselves, which is an important time for any team during the course of the season.
Like the Yankees, the Red Sox don't play the Cubs often, which makes this series special. Summer will be getting into full swing around this time, and it's a time when the Cubs can decide whether they want to surprise some people or lay over and have another lackluster season.
Anytime these two rivals get together, it's an interesting series regardless of where both are in the standings. It will be no different as the season enters the final stretch. Whether the Cubs are playing spoiler to their division rivals or are in a surprise playoff race, this series could make or break one or both of these teams' seasons.
If the Cubs find themselves contending this season, this series will help them see if they're legit or not. The Dodgers are one of the National League's most talented teams, so if the Cubs could put up a fight against them down the stretch, it could help them in the playoff race or just help build their confidence going into 2015.
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