The Chicago Cubs have had a rough start to the season.
Game one was great, the Cubs beat the Texas Rangers 12-4. The next 6 games were not so great. The Cubs lost all 6 in a dramatic fashion. 6-8, 10-11, 0-8, 4-6, 4-9, and 10-13.
The Cubs just weren’t clicking the way they used to.
The pitching struggled the most. In the first 7 games, the Cubs pitchers have given up 75 hits, 59 runs, 46 walks, and 16 home runs allowed. So to say it was a rough start is a massive understatement. As a result, Carl Edwards Jr., a relief Cubs pitcher, has been sent down to the AAA Iowa Cubs to relieve some of the MLB pressure so he can get his head on straight.
The Cubs have been trying to stop the bleeding a little too late in the game, usually in the 8th or 9th inning and that’s where one of their biggest problems lies. The team runs out of time and they’re left defeated. Getting those comebacks to start earlier in the game will be the key to this Cubs turn around.
A great example of that is the Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers game from today, April 6th. The Cubs were down in the 1st inning but were able to pull in 2 runs to tie the game. Two innings later the Cubs took control, scored 2 points, and began keeping their heads down and battling the remainder of the game. Just that small moment where they were down and tied was able to be flipped early enough that they could get momentum and end their 6 game losing streak.
Last season, the Cubs struggled when it came to hitting and this season, they’re going to have to step up to the plate (literally) to keep themselves alive. The Cubs did great in preseason when it came to batting and all they need to do is transfer that fire power from players like Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, into their game now and we’re going to see an explosive season.
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