ATLANTA — Maybe it is the hitting background at Solar Belief Park. Or maybe the Chicago Cubs merely cannot quit their affinity for hanging out so much.
After whiffing simply twice in a Monday sport towards the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Discipline, the Cubs reverted to their previous methods as soon as the collection shifted south. They’ve struck out 26 occasions over the previous two video games towards the Braves, together with 11 occasions in a Four-1 loss on Wednesday.
“When they run out arms throwing 100 mph with a slider, sometimes it’s tough just to hit the ball, just in general,” third baseman Kris Bryant stated after the loss. “Right this moment, [Brandon] McCarthy had an important sinker and cutter enjoying off of that.”
Bryant is about the one Cub who has hit in Atlanta this collection. He was Three-for-Four on Wednesday — driving within the Cubs’ lone run — however was left stranded every time he reached base. The Cubs had been 1-for-10 with runners in scoring place. It is an previous tune that will get up to date sometimes.
“We need to do a better job at the plate,” supervisor Joe Maddon stated. “We had an opportunity to score more runs.”
Getting the leadoff man on base in innings Four-Eight however scoring solely as soon as is the storyline for this loss — not Maddon pulling starter Tyler Chatwood in a 1-1 sport within the sixth regardless of Chatwood having thrown solely 79 pitches. Might Maddon have left Chatwood within the sport? Certain. However the lefty/lefty matchup he ultimately acquired on Nick Markakis labored out because the .340 hitter bounced right into a double play.
Saving his bullpen is a crucial narrative for one more day as Maddon admitted Chatwood pitched nice and stated he would have left Chatwood within the sport — if the Cubs had any form of a lead. That will not occur when the strikeouts pile up as they’re proper now. Javier Baez, for instance, struck out 3 times Wednesday and hasn’t drawn a stroll in additional than 130 plate appearances.
“He’s opened it up a bit,” Maddon stated of Baez’s hitting mechanics. “That’s what I’m seeing.”
Batting proper after Baez, Kyle Schwarber whiffed twice, whereas the 2 mixed to depart 9 males on base.
“Hitting is contagious and I feel like striking out and bad at-bats can be contagious, too,” Bryant stated.
Maddon added: “Chasing. Just chasing. Getting out of our zones.”
It is simply a few video games, however sometimes Cubs followers can be reminded they’re watching an offense in transition. Specializing in placing the ball in play hasn’t been a part of the gamers’ DNA up to now; the teaching employees is making an attempt to inject them with that skill because the gamers mature.
Regardless of having a strong run differential, the Cubs are third-to-last in getting a runner residence from third with lower than two outs, and are under league common in getting a runner from second to 3rd with no outs. Ian Happ had that probability after a leadoff double by Addison Russell within the seventh inning on Wednesday, however flied out to brief proper. At the least there was contact. There have been loads of different occasions when the Cubs fanned with males on base.
“I want us to maintain the good work to this point and not start opening up a little bit,” Maddon stated. “That was our issue tonight. We were just out of our zones again in RBI situations. We have to force the pitcher over the plate, find your pitch and move it.”