Chicago Cubs: Is this offense really that bad?

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Jul 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a single during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports


A popular metric used to determine the success of an offense is batting average with runners in scoring position. A team could struggle in almost all other batting categories but if they are able to drive home runners in scoring position at a high rate they could still find success. Unfortunately for the Cubs, their batting average with runners in scoring position isn’t impressive.

According to Team Rankings, the Chicago Cubs strand 3.70 runners in scoring position per game good for fourth worst in the Major Leagues. Overall, the Cubs strand 14.44 runners on base per game which ranks 24th in the Major Leagues.

According to baseball reference, this season the Chicago Cubs have slashed .231/.341/.351 with runners in scoring position.

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