Where did the offense go?
For Cubs’ fans, that question has been asked many times. Last year, the Cubs scored 808 runs, good enough for third best in the league. This year, however, the Cubs are ranked in the middle of the pack, while ranking in the bottom five in team batting average.
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Part of the Cubs’ offensive struggles this season has been due to underperforming stars. Kris Bryant, for example, is currently slashing .261/.391/.502 and has an offensive WAR of 2.7. That is a far cry from the .292/.385/.554 slash line he put up in 2016 when he had an offensive WAR of 6.6.
Perhaps one of the only bright spots on offense has been the play of Jon Jay. Jay, in 167 at-bats, is slashing .305/.384/.407. That great performance has been like a shot in the arm for the Cubs’ offense, but it looks like more will be needed to push it over the top.