The bats of the Chicago Cubs have been quiet during the first week of baseball season.
Some blame the cold weather in Pittsburgh this week for the Cubs’ batting woes. Hopefully the weather isn’t the problem because they’re going to be in for a rude awakening when they find out how brutally cold Wrigley Field can be at times in the spring.
After four games, the Cubs have only managed to score seven runs in a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the first of three games with the Atlanta Braves. With offense that weak, the Cubs shouldn’t expect to win many games.
Before Friday’s game against the Braves, the Cubs had the fewest hits in the National League and the lowest team batting average and slugging percentage. According to Cubs.com, Anthony Rizzo, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are the only Cubs to have homered so far this season, but the team needs more help than that. Rizzo’s Opening Day home run has been his only hit so far this season, and others like David DeJesus have yet to see their first hit of 2013. It’s time for hitters like Starlin Castro and Alfonso Soriano to step up and give the Cubs some run support.
Another reason the Cubs so desperately need to have a better offense is because of their pitching staff. We saw great starts from Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood this week, but the Cubs could have backed them up a little more with some runs. It was especially painful to watch Jackson take the loss in his Cubs debut, considering he pitched a great game where he only gave up two runs. No matter how well a pitcher performs, it doesn’t matter if the team can’t score any runs.
While it’s still early. The Cubs need to start becoming more aggressive at the plate and swing at better pitches. This team needs some runs and needs them badly.