4 Chicago Cubs players fans are losing patience with
The frustration surrounding the Chicago Cubs is palpable right now. Between a nightmarish road trip that saw the team go 1-6 against the Marlins and Nationals and general issues hitting with runners in scoring position, the team has somewhat spoiled their promising start to the year. These issues are hardly related to one player. The entire team has been in a funk lately with winnable games consistently bouncing away from them.
There's still plenty of time to turn it around, but with all that said, certain players are already angering fans with their presence on the roster. Whether the criticism is fair or not, let's look at four players who fans have little to no patience left for in the early going.
4 Chicago Cubs players fans are losing patience with - Eric Hosmer
From day one, it was clear Eric Hosmer was going to be the name Cubs fans would get frustrated with most of all. He was originally signed for the league minimum as extra insurance at first base along with Trey Mancini until Matt Mervis eventually came up and his numbers didn't exactly paint him as a game-changer. Through 90 plate appearances, he's off to one of his worst starts yet with a 76 wRC+ and the lowest walk rate (5.6%), highest strikeout rate (24.4%), and lowest ISO (.106) of his career.
Things understandably got worse as Mervis and Christopher Morel were raking in Iowa. The baffling commitment to Hosmer over the much hotter batters that could be taking his place angered fans across the board. Although he couldn't exactly control it, he became the face of the organization's failure to field its best 26-man roster.
Thankfully, with Mervis up in the big leagues, Hosmer is getting fewer starts and transitioning to a bench role. As long as David Ross continues finding ways to mash him into the lineup like a round peg into a square hole, however, he's going to draw frustration from fans. He's not providing much of use to this team outside of veteran leadership and his spot on the roster could be better used to bring back Nelson Velazquez, who deserves more playing time, or another player altogether.