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The Cubs 1st inning blues

 

We’re all aware that the Cubs offense is the team’s Achilles heel. We’re not a team famous for comeback victories. Through 89 games, we’ve come from behind only 12 times and the largest comeback was 3 runs. The Cubs have been held to 2 or fewer runs 36 of the 89 games played so far. Their record in those games is 3-33 or 30 games under. On the contrary, Cubs pitchers have held opposing teams to 2 or less runs 25 times. However, because of our poor offense, we’re only 19-6 in those games or 13 games over .500. If our offense was only league average, it would result in an improvement of 17 games. We'd be 6 games over .500 and in the thick of the race.

 

It all starts in the first inning. The Cubs have scored 31 runs in the first, the fewest in the NL. On the contrary, we have given up 61 runs, 13th of 16 teams. So how have our starters done in their 1st innings. Here are the numbers :

Pitcher                 Games  Runs

Lilly                            15        5

Silva                           17       6

Wells                         18      16

Dempster                 18      11

Gorzelanny              12      10

Zambrano                  9       13

Obviously, only Lilly and Silva  have hit the ground running in the first inning.

 

As for the offense, the numbers are self explanatory. Theriot has lead off the game 52 times and Fukudome 28. In the 80 games, they have been on base only 16 times, 13 hits and only 3 walks. Between them they’ve scored only 7 runs, league worst.

 

What would you do differently if you were manager? Nothing is an option.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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