Chicago Cubs: Is this offense really that bad?

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Jul 22, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Kris Bryant hits a two-run single against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Team Batting Statistics

The Chicago Cubs continue to rank towards the bottom of the league in almost every important batting statistic. According to, the Cubs come in at number 22 in the MLB in terms of total runs this season with a total of 378(3.8 runs per game).  It is worth noting that none of the teams behind them in this statistical category have a record above .500 with the exception of the New York Mets who continue to hover three games above this threshold.

In terms of collective batting average, the Cubs are 28th in the league with a .237 average. Four out of the last five World Series Champions have been in the top ten in this category and the other team was in the top half of the league. The Chicago Cubs rank slightly better among their Major League counterparts in terms of collective on-base percentage. With a .314 on-base percentage, the Cubs slot in at number 18 ahead of playoff contending teams such as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals.

Despite the power-hitting capabilities of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, the Cubs come in at number 26 in terms of slugging percentage (.370). They rank 23rd in the Majors in doubles, 20th in triples and 16th in home runs. In terms of total hits, the Cubs are third-to-last in the Majors with 790 this season.

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