Ranking the Chicago Cubs' 4 biggest disappointments so far this season

It isn't just certain players that are disappointing us this season.
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Here we are, getting ready for June baseball already. The Cubs have fallen below .500, and we're in the middle of one of those stretches where it's easy to get pessimistic about the season's outlook entirely. The truth is, just as quickly as the Cubs fell into this slump, they can climb back out of it. For now, we need to outline certain underperformances hindering the team. Here are four of the biggest disappointments to begin the 2024 campaign.

4 biggest Cubs disappointments - Ian Happ

Ian Happ must be one of the streakiest players in baseball. When he's good, he's really good. When he's not, he slashes .223/.326/.383 with six home runs and 24 RBI a third of the way through the season. At the very least, he still gets on base at an above-average clip, but he tends to either hit for average or power, rarely both. It wasn't until recently that he started hitting a couple more home runs.

Hopefully, that's a precursor for Happ to get back on track because he's been in one of those prolonged slumps all season. The kind that made his three-year extension just a year ago look like it was not the most intelligent idea.

At the end of May last year, Happ was batting .278, and although it's unlikely he will reach that mark for the season this year without a torrid stretch, the Cubs need him to have those months where he locks in and gets back to that 115-120 wRC+ on average type of player. When he does, he's one of the more valuable hitters on the team. As always with him, consistency is a must.