CSN's David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth are getting you ready for what's next with this week's Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

After a six-game homestand, the Cubs are hitting the road for the next seven games against two division rivals, beginning with the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday on CSN.

The Cubs will likely have their hands full in a four-game series against a red hot Pirates team. Pittsburgh is coming off a three-game sweep against the Milwaukee Brewers, and prior to that, a battle against the Detroit Tigers in which all three games were decided by two runs or less.

In order to keep up with the Pirates, Todd Hollandsworth thinks the Cubs have to be on their A game.

"Clint Hurdle has taken over that Pirates team. He's got them playing great baseball and at the same time they've played in a lot of close ball games," said Hollandsworth. "It's going to be a great test for the Cubs as they go out on the road."

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The Cubs will then pack up and head over to Cincinnati for a three-game stretch against the Reds Friday on CSN. Earlier this week, Chicago took two of three games against the Reds at Wrigley Field. 

The Reds have struggled to get in the win column, having only one win in their last seven games, but their offense is starting to pick up. In Cincinnati's previous three games — against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Reds have combined for 27 hits.


"The offensive is rolling right now," said Hollandsworth. "This is a lineup you're going to have to navigate very, very carefully and you're going to see some tested games up there as well."

See what else Kaplan and Hollandsworth had to say in the video above.