Everybody realizes that the Cubs offense has had its struggles in the early part of the season, but five games are nothing to panic over. The 58 K’s look awful on paper, but over 20 of them came in the 18-inning loss to the Marlins last Friday. In each of the past two ball games, the lineup has had to face a rookie starting pitcher, which means they didn’t have much of a scouting report to work off of. These Cubs hitters are simply too good to keep struggling so badly.
On the bright side, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, and Addison Russell have looked great to begin the year. Even Jason Heyward has put together quite a few good swings. However, hitters like Ian Happ, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo have looked overmatched. The good news for the Cubs is that the Cubs will face southpaw Brent Suter in game 1 of a four game set with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday evening.
Suter is a promising young pitcher, but nothing about his stuff jumps off of the page. His fastball doesn’t reach 90 mph on most occasions, which should help Cubs hitters make more consistent contact. Hopefully with less strikeouts, more of the balls they put in play will yield good results. . Suter does change speeds well so the key for Cubs hitters will be to stay back on his offspeed pitches. I could easily see Javier Baez and/or Ian Happ get it going tonight off of Suter.
So again, let’s just relax and see what the Cubs offense can do over the next few weeks. With a lot of the same players back from the past three playoff teams, I expect the Cubs to turn things around sooner rather than later. It all starts at Miller Park on Thursday evening.
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