The Chicago Cubs are only 5 games into the 2018 season but so far, many fans are wondering what has happened to the offense. With just a 2-3 record, the Cubs bats have largely been silent against arguably two of the worst teams in the National League.
Going into the season, the Cubs were hoping to get off to a good start with a favorable schedule playing the Marlins and the Reds in the first 6 games of the season. As it stands, they were lucky to have split the series with the Marlins and will be luckier still if they also split this short 2-game series with the Reds.
It is no secret that both the Miami Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds are in rebuilding mode and not likely to be in the playoff picture while the Cubs are slated to make the playoffs for the third year in a row. Why then, have we seen such a poor performance from the Cubs hitters? Cubs hitters have been given plenty of opportunities to drive in runs in both the Marlins series and in today’s game against the Reds. In just 6 games the Cubs have drawn 24 walks, having men on base in key situations, but being unable to drive in runs.
The common school of thought is that hitting is ahead of pitching coming out of Spring Training, but that has not been the case for the Cubs thus far. Hopefully hitting coach Chili Davis will be able to intervene and turn around the Cubs sluggish offense before facing the Milwaukee Brewers (who are 3-1). The Cubs are currently 4th the National League Central Division; and even though it is the first week of the season, it’s never fun to play from behind.
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