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Chicago Cubs: It’s time to start thinking outside of the box

May 12, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) reacts from the dugout steps during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
May 12, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) reacts from the dugout steps during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports /
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Run, Cubs, Run!

The Cubs aren’t a fast team, but they weren’t last season either. Maddon needs to start using the hit and run to move runners along. The “status quo” isn’t going to work anymore. You often hear of teams playing not to lose instead of playing to win. That’s the feeling I get with this team, and it’s very unusual of Maddon. It’s not his M.O., and he needs to get back to what he does best.

At this point, the Cubs are hoping to get men on base and hit home runs. Without those, they’ve been dreadful. This most recent road trip they went just 3-for-40 with runners in scoring position. That isn’t going to cut it. It’s time they look to change the narrative.

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Joe, if you’re out there bored, reading some random Cubs’ blogs–start here. There’s likely to be some changes on the roster, although I do agree that most of the pieces that will make a difference are already on the 25-man. It’s time for the Cubs to break outside the box–as Maddon should be very comfortable with–and try and turn this offense around.

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