3 important things we've learned about the Chicago Cubs at the season's 30% mark

Nearly two months into the 2024 campaign, how you look at this team is probably quite a bit different than it was back on Opening Day.
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Miguel Amaya's bat hasn't taken that next step as the Cubs had hoped

Assuming that, once healthy, the Cubs lineup will get back to putting up runs on a daily basis, Counsell and the front office will likely be OK with the lack of offense they're getting from their catchers the plate given the work Yan Gomes and Miguel Amaya have done behind the dish.

Entering action Tuesday, Amaya has a 50 OPS+, meaning he's been 50 percent worse than league average with the bat. His Baseball Savant page doesn't offer much cause for optimism in any of the underlying metrics, either, hardly an encouraging sign for the former top prospect.

The hope was that this would be the year Amaya ascended to the throne, if you will, emerging as a clear-cut answer behind the plate. After all, Gomes is in the final year of the three-year deal he inked with the team prior to the 2022 campaign and is 36 years old, meaning this is likely his last-go round with the team.

Factor in that Gomes has somehow been even worse than Amaya with the bat (36 OPS+ in 68 plate appearances) and it's pretty clear the Cubs have a problem behind the plate. Maybe Moises Ballesteros forces the team's hand at some point? Otherwise, expect a catcher to be on the team's wish list, if not this summer, then definitely next winter.