Cubs: Trevor Williams is holding down the rest of the rotation
Williams has not been able to put up consistently solid performances or eat enough innings to be considered a net positive for the Cubs. While he does have a career-best strikeout rate so far this season, he also has a career-worst walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio. All of this has led to Williams being very inefficient with his pitches and being pulled from games far too early, leaving the bullpen in a tough spot consistently.
While May has been a turn-of-fortunes for many players on the team, the same can’t be said for Trevor Williams. Through four starts so far this month, William’s longest outing has been just 4 2/3 innings. He is averaging just 3 1/3 innings pitched per start this month which is quite frankly unacceptable for a team that is now in the midst of its possible last year of contention.
Williams hasn’t been keeping runs off the board in his short stints either as he sports an ERA of 8.78 in the month of May and 5.97 on the season. He also doesn’t have much of anything to hang his hat on as he has been below average in every single possible category according to his Baseball Savant numbers. All of this begs the question: what can the Cubs possibly do to fix the situation?