Cubs are hitting just .124 – 20 points worse than the league’s pitchers

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Things are pretty bad offensively for the Cubs right now.

No, not like, the bats are slumping. It’s way, way worse than that. As a team – including the likes of former MVP Kris Bryant, perennial All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras and a former MVP runner-up in Javier Baez – the Chicago Cubs have a lower batting average than the pitchers who’ve taken at-bats this season.

And don’t tell #CubsTwitter that it’s only six games and that it’s a long season because we do NOT want to hear it. There were legitimate celebrations over the fact the team didn’t get no-hit. Seriously, that’s where the bar is right now. Get one hit and we’ll be satiated as a fanbase.

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For years now, we’ve heard about the need of an offensive overhaul. It’s led to a revolving door for hitting coaches and finger-pointing while expecting virtually the same group of guys to all of the sudden change how they approach hitting, as a whole.

Guess what? It’ll never happen.

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About the only thing this group is doing well right now is walking. As of Wednesday afternoon, the team has a 13.2 percent walk rate – good for second in MLB. But they also rank dead-last in batting average (duh) and BABIP, and are near the bottom of the league in pretty much every other notable offensive category.

Over the last several seasons, we’ve watched a team that’s built its offense around two things: walks and slugging. Well, when you do that you get a feast-or-famine result. And, right now, it’s a famine of biblical proportions.

Chicago will head to PNC Park on Wednesday to open the first road trip of the season. Hopefully, the bats can get things going. But if I’m being honest with you? Until this roster undergoes some major changes, and I mean major changes, things aren’t going to change.

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Which means we could be in for a very long, very painful season of Cubs baseball.