3 frustrating Chicago Cubs storylines thus far in 2022
On Friday night the Chicago Cubs lost to the New York Yankees in 13 innings by a score of 2-1. The Cubs went 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position and fell to 11 games under .500. To add to the frustration, they are now 6-14 in one-run decisions this year.
There have been plenty of frustrating moments and storylines already during the 2022 season. Here are some that really stand out.
Cubs can get them on, but they cannot get them in
One of, if not the most frustrating thing, about this team so far is the lack of situational hitting. There were many wondering if this offense could produce anything, considering they do not have much slugging ability, on the whole. To their credit, going into Saturday the Cubs have the sixth-best OBP in baseball at .322. They are also top 5 in walk rate at 9.5 percent. Their batting average (.243), wRC+ (101) and offensive fWAR (7.1) are all between 14th and 18th in their respective categories, so middle of the road.
They can get on base, but unfortunately, they cannot bring those runners home. As a team they are hitting .226/.335/.359 with RISP. The on-base does not look so awful, but they are not getting the hits, nor are they slugging with runners on. Per teamrankings.com the Cubs are leaving an average of 7.16 runners on base per game, the third-most in baseball. What really stands out is FanGraphs ranking the Cubs dead least in all of baseball in their “Clutch” tracker stat (-4.22).
It is also worth noting the Cubs are hitting just .229/.293/.333 with the bases loaded (58 plate appearances) this season, and are still among top of the league in double plays hit into (47).
Them not coming up with the big hit has cost them a number of games, and is a primary reason they have such a poor record in one-run games. They could easily have five or six more wins if they had just gotten one big hit or a key ball in play, not even necessarily a hit. This was a big issue in the loss Friday to the Yankees, they could not advance the runner at second in extras to get either a single or fly ball to get a run home. All that stuff matters.