With young talent brewing in the minor leagues, a beginning to another dismal season at Clark and Addison, and decent pitching in the first quarter of the season will the Chicago Cubs promote top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant to the majors? Is there a quick fix to offensive woes at Wrigley since the Cubs are only winning a third of all games played in 2014?
Let’s take a good long look at the current Cubs pitching in 2014. As of May 18, 2014, in 41 games, the Cubs pitching staff posted a 3.63 ERA eight best in the national league. In all, pitching at the North side compares with the league average in strikeouts, walks and earned runs. Starting pitching has been solid all year the offense is another story.
The Cubs offensive average 3.78 runs per game compared to the National League leading Colorado Rockies at 5.2. Does the lack of run support affect the starting rotation, middle relievers and closer. The real question is does run support change the entire confidence of every pitcher? I think so.
Every pennant winning team has three core offensive players, a table setter, a power hitter and a run producer besides great pitching. The Cubs rank below the NL team averages in every category. Sporting a .234 team average to the NL average of .248, 329 total hits compared to the leagues 362, 36 homerun to 38, 155 RBi’s to 174, and 57 doubles to the 74. Heavy indicators to a lack of offensive is the Cubs on base percentage at .300 (NL avg .312) and slugging percentage at .361 (NL avg .389). The stats show the Cubs lack a seasoned consistent power hitter and RBI producer. Two essential players to a winning team. Without the additions, the Cubs will linger in offensive turmoil.
Emilo Bonifacio fits the table setter role with his on base percentage, average and overall speed. The hole in the offense is the consistent power hitter and run producer. Castro and Rizzo have potential to take over the role but need a seasoned power hitter and RBI producer to relieve the stress of delivering in the clutch. A clutch is the crucial word here. Investing in two players to compliment the core, and prospects would solve the offensive woes of the Chicago Cubs. Relying on Baez and Bryant to create an instant offensive cure all is a long shot.
The Cubs instead of selling off producing pitchers should invest in acquiring seasoned talent. All Cubs fans want Baez and Bryant in Wrigley field tomorrow along with Castro, Rizzo, Castillo and Olt.
Ask any die hard Chicago Cub fan if “Too Soon is too late” and the answer you will receive is “yes.” Cub fans are anxious and inpatient for a winner at Wrigley,