(670 The Score) -- An ugly 8-0 loss to the Cardinals in which they were one-hit Thursday evening was the latest showcase of the Cubs' dismal performance on the road this season.
With the setback, the Cubs fell to 21-33 on the road, which represents the worst mark in the National League. The continued struggles away from Wrigley Field are perplexing to everyone involved, including president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who's "embarrassed" by it.
"Not really, honestly," Epstein said on the Mully & Haugh Show when asked if he understood why the Cubs are so bad on the road. "We're obviously trying to figure it out, but if we knew what it was, we would've fixed it. I will say it hasn't been a hallmark of this group. We've played well on the road most years in this window. But this year, honestly, we're embarrassed by the road performance, not having won a road series since May 20. And to me, more troubling even than that is we've had seven road series against the division and we're 0-7. We've lost every single road series against division opponents.
"That's just not going to win anything. That's not going to be competitive in a division, if every time you go play a division opponent on the road, you lose. That has to change. That has to change immediately. We just hope the intensity of a pennant race and the desire of this group to rewrite the script from what happened last year and win the division will carry the day and that our talent will carry the day."
Chicago hasn't won a road series since taking two of three in Washington on May 18-20. Since then, the Cubs have lost nine road series and split a two-game set against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Epstein still thinks the Cubs will win the division -- -- but he also understands that his words mean absolutely nothing.
"I believe we're the most talented team in the division, but if you can't go on the road and win a series, you're not going anywhere," Epstein said.
"Our hopes and expectations mean nothing at this point. It's all about how you play."