Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds. The team struck out 11 times. The Cubs are currently 2-3 on the season and obviously, it’s very early but didn’t anyone expect these hitters to be swinging like opposing pitchers are throwing whiffle balls at them.
Here’s what hitting coach Chilli Davis has to says about the team’s problems at the plate:
“Contact. We’d like to see a lot of good contact. There’s some guys, you’re not just going to turn them into contact-type hitters. I don’t want them to lose their aggressiveness at the plate. We have too good of hitters for me to panic at all.”
Hey Chilli, you should probably panic. This team made Tyler Mahle look like Greg Maddox out there as he struck them out 7 times and only allowed 1 hit. It was his first career major league start. Ever. And he embarrassed one of the best lineups in the league.
The Cubs started the season with Ian Happ launching the first pitch of the year into the bleachers. Thennnn this weekend they struck out 20 times in a 17 inning game against the Miami Marlins. What a rollercoaster ride that seems to be in freefall right now.
Again, the season is early and I suppose this is something to keep an eye on going forward. If this was one or two players then it would be easier to ignore but the entire team is striking out like they’re TRYING to break records for it.
Welp, cross the Chicago Cubs off the list of potential World Series winners. Or don’t. Because it’s only been 5 games. I don’t know what I’m supposed to write about this early. Bear with me.