As the Chicago Cubs ready themselves for a streak of 23 consecutive games, it’s do-or-die time. If they want to play in October, it starts and ends with offense.
The beginning of August has begun relatively successful for the Chicago Cubs. They’re 10-7 in the month thus far, and the club’s pitching has been respectable.
Through the first two-thirds of the month, they carry a 3.87 ERA and 3.81 xFIP with a 2.1 WAR. The problem, which loomed larger than ever this weekend in Pittsburgh, is the bats. It is a mystery to find out where they have gone.
As such, unfortunately, it has been a trend the entire month, despite a winning record. During August, the Cubs find themselves 24th in the league in overall offense. One of those reasons for their success, as mentioned before, is the fact that their rotation is currently ninth in overall pitching.