Chicago Cubs: Offensive inconsistency a major concern for reigning champs
Consistency will need to be found
Despite the Cubs’ quick start to the second half, they have cooled off in the month of August. Since their 16-4 win to begin the month, the Cubs have went 4-7 in their last 11 games.
That cold stretch has tightened the division, pulling four teams to within four games of each other.
With a month and a half remaining in the season, the Cubs will need to find consistency on offense. Thus far, any momentum that has been built up by big wins has only been thrown away with a loss the next day.
Even with their struggles this year, there is still time for the Cubs to turn things around. The first step in turning things around will be getting key players like Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber going. If that happens, the runs should start flowing more easily, resulting in more blow-outs for the Cubs.
The Cubs currently hold a one-game lead in the division. All it will take to stretch that to four or five games is a more consistent offensive presence. Now is the time for the Cubs to pull away from the competition. On Monday, the Cubs begin a four-game set with the Reds followed by three games against the Blue Jays, three more against the Reds and three against the Phillies.