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Albert Almora Jr. #5, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Chicago Cubs: Lost bats have found their way home

The Chicago Cubs have come out of the gate swinging. In their first five games of preseason (this was written after the Cubs blanked the Kansas City Royals 8-0, proving my whole point!), there is an air of confidence by the Cubs when they step to the plate. In some of the most exciting offensive spring training games, fans are wondering if Sleeping Beauty has finally awoken.

It may be a bit early to bust out the champagne as the Cubs left 94 men on base over the past five games, but there is certainly a lot to like about the approach how the Cubs are attacking at the plate. In just their first five games of spring training, the Cubs have put up 57 hits, 42 RBIs and 44 runs. Of course, these games do enjoy an expanded roster to let starters rest a bit, and the Cubs minor-leaguers have made an impression as well.

While the Cubs hitting has been refreshing so early in the season, the poise at the plate to take pitches instead of swinging at everything is truly amazing. The Cubs walked 26 times in their first five games while only recording 49 strikeouts.

Walks from Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (1), first baseman Anthony Rizzo(2) and shortstop Javier Baez (2) showed a much more mature approach at the plate. Almost all of the Cubs seem like they see the ball much better, which is likely accounting for all those hits and walks. Whether it’s a different approach or just seeing the ball better, the Cubs are swinging.

Cubs catchers Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini both have home runs in five games, and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. has two home runs. Baez rounds out the Cubs with his own homer so far this spring. The Cubs bats have found their way to Mesa, AZ and spring training.

And there’s a lot to like so far.