This stat shows flaw in Chicago Cubs offseason approach
The Chicago Cubs dinked and dunked their way to a blowout victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday and that was victory that was needed after the offensive shortcomings that the team had to start the season.
If there when thing that has been proven true about playing the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, it serves as the perfect get right opportunity for the Cubs and their offense. This week's series has been no different for the Cubs as players such as center fielder Cody Bellinger have found the success that they were missing during the team's season-opening series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
There was a stat showed during Tuesday's broadcast of the Cubs victory, however, that highlighted a flaw with the current roster construction of the team.
Being able to hit the home run and do so on a more frequent basis than the team you are playing will always be a trait that plays at the Major League level. That would seem like a rather obvious statement to make but the Cubs have constructed their roster in a way that would seemingly go against that idea.
The irony in all of this is that at the beginning of the season, Cubs' president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer stressed the importance of a team being able to have blowout victories and elevate the ball with their offensive approach. Despite that awareness from Hoyer, he did little in the offseason to actually address that need for the Cubs.
Instead, Hoyer opted to fill out the edges of that need for the Cubs with the additions of shortstop Dansby Swanson, center fielder Cody Bellinger, first baseman Trey Mancini, and third baseman Edwin Rios. The Cubs are dependent on the offensive approach that Bellinger and Mancini had earlier in their career as opposed to the power regression they had last season. It would seem to be a moment of lack of awareness for Hoyer despite knowing what the issue was with the Cubs' offense last season.