The Chicago Cubs‘ offense has been one of the worst of the early 2014 season and that ineptitude only continued on Saturday as the team was shutout despite getting 10 hits. Through five games, the Cubs have been shutout twice and haven’t yet scored more than three runs in any game. All of these offensive struggles sadly counteract the team’s pitching staff which have largely been outstanding.
While the Cubs surrendered seven runs on Friday, that was just the second time in their first five games that the pitching staff has allowed more than two runs in a game.
The blame for the Cubs being 1-4 rests solely at the feet of an offensive group that have looked as bad as just about anybody in the early going. The really frustrating thing for the Cubs and their fans is that the team is indeed hitting. After 10 hits on Saturday, 7 on Thursday and 15 on Wednesday, only Thursday’s game led to a victory.
The problem has been that when the team does get hits, they aren’t managing to string them together. The Cubs also aren’t coming up with many extra base hits. Of the ten hits on Saturday, nine were singles. The other problem is timeliness. Junior Lake hit a one-out double, something that should have meant a run, but he was stranded. Almost all other extra base hits have been stranded by those that came after them.
Even when one of the players manage to drive themselves in, they are the only players they are driving in. The Cubs have hit three home runs this season. All three have been solo shots.
This tends to happen when dealing with a young team that hasn’t quite found its footing yet, but that doesn’t mean it deserves to be excused. The Cubs need to get to improving rather quickly if they don’t want to see the season slip away.