CSN's David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth preview the upcoming matchups against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in this week's Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Joe Maddon acknowledged this week that the Cubs are still in a decent position even though they haven't played to their capabilities this season.

After Sunday's extra-inning loss to Milwaukee, the Cubs have now dropped seven of their last nine games, yet still sit in second place in the NL Central with a 15-15 record. 

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But it won't be easy to turn things around with a pair of difficult opponents entering Wrigley Field in the Mets — the surprise team of the MLB season so far — and the Pirates, who've won three of their last four games thanks, in large part, to Andrew McCutchen catching fire.

"Andrew McCutchen is starting to wake up. He's had a little bit of a better week this week," Hollandsworth said. "When he gets rolling, they seem to respond to him."

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