Through the first two weeks of the season, the Chicago Cubs had the highest rated offense in all of baseball. Everyone was talking about how great the Cubs had looked to begin the season, and how the lineup was full of players that made contact.
Trying to make assumptions after just two weeks of an MLB season is nearly impossible as things usually straighten out before long. That has happened with the Cubs as this team now looks like one of the worst in baseball.
Over the last five games, the Cubs have scored just six total runs, with the lone win coming 2-0 in Milwaukee. Striking out at least 10 times per game has become the norm, and the Cubs are still on track to shatter an MLB record for most double plays.
Cubs fans should have seen this coming as one look at the lineup clearly shows some massive holes. Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom have actually gotten off to huge starts this season, but the rest of the returners have really struggled.
The lack of offense is why most MLB experts didn’t expect much from the Cubs in 2022, and those experts are going to end up being right. At this rate, the Cubs are going to be out of the playoff race by July, and it could be another long Summer of trades.
Sure, the weather in Chicago has been awful to begin the season, and the Cubs should start scoring more runs when things heat up. It’s hard to score runs though when the ball is never put into play, and that’s the issue facing the Cubs yet again.
Seiya: NL Rookie of the Month
Another bright spot for the Cubs this season has been the play of “rookie” Seiya Suzuki and he was rewarded for his efforts in April. Suzuki has plenty of professional experience in Japan, but it hasn’t taken him long to adjust to life in MLB.
It looks as if the Cubs have a player they can build their future around in Suzuki, but he is another player that has shown some holes of late. Suzuki has now struck out 30 times on the year, and 15 of those have come after looking at strike 3.
Opposing pitchers have realized that Suzuki doesn’t like to swing and they have started to pound the zone.
Starting Rotation Needs Some Help
Marcus Stroman put the team on his back on Sunday in Milwaukee, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball. That performance was much needed from Stroman as the starting rotation continues to be a mess.
Kyle Hendricks will take the ball for the second game of the series against the White Sox, and he has to start figuring something out. Hendricks has been hit hard this season, and the Cubs are going to continue to struggle unless he pitches like an ace.
The rest of the starting rotation has been a mess, but Wade Miley could make his debut soon. Miley isn’t going to automatically make the Cubs into a contender, but he should provide some relief every fifth day.