Chicago Cubs News: Return to 2016; Butler to make start Friday

Mar 6, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Eddie Butler (53) talks with catcher Carlos Corporan (13) in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Eddie Butler (53) talks with catcher Carlos Corporan (13) in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs used their versatility to the best of their ability last season, leading to a World Series title. Maybe it’s time the Cubs go back to what worked before?

Last season, an early injury to the Chicago CubsKyle Schwarber forced Joe Maddon to be creative in the field. That led to one of the best defensive team’s the Cubs have ever seen. This season has been status quo, very little changes in the lineup. The offense–and defense–is struggling. If it wasn’t broke, why did we “fix” it? Maybe it’s time the Cubs go back to what worked last year.

The Cubs called up Eddie Butler, who will make his first start for them against the Cardinals. Butler has been impressive in Triple-A Iowa, posting a 1-0 record in five starts with a 1.17 ERA. Butler was one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization as recently as 2015. Hopefully, the change of scenery will be good for him. Lord knows the Cubs could use it as well.

The Cubs have their fair share of issues on offense right now. But one glaring one is their ground ball rate. The Cubs aren’t elevating the ball or hitting it hard, and that’s costing them. Ground ball outs also lead to rally-killing double plays. Can the Cubs get things turned around at the plate before it’s too late?

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Maddon needs to return to a versatile lineup’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Butler will make first start on Friday vs. Cards’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs are grounding into too many ground ball outs’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Keeping up with the Cubs’ prospects’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Trout returns as DH to ease back in’ – MLB.com

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