Chicago Cubs: So what’s the answer to this problem?
There are a few explanations for the Cubs’ inability to score runs. This insane stretch of 30 games in 30 days without a real off-day could be contributing to the lack of offense. Even Anthony Rizzo called this week’s make up game in Washington a joke.
A whole bunch of people are slumping. Willson Contreras‘ power has disappeared this season. After being the spark to the lineup, Murphy has been going through a bit of a slump. Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber have been absent from the lineup with injuries. Joe Maddon even said, “After it gets past four/five, it really falls off a cliff a bit. We really have to get the bottom part playing.”
This has led to more playing time for people such as Victor Caratini and Tommy La Stella. Kris Bryant has been playing a lot more in the outfield to make room for certain bats in the infield. At one point Bryant was even scheduled to start in center field before a late scratch changed that day’s lineup.
The bottom line is the Cubs are desperate to score more runs. Maddon is doing everything he can to search for it, no matter where it may come from.