The baseball season in Chicago is but a few weeks old, and the Cubs have shown a very scrappy attitude in the use of game tactics. It is very apparent they are using many of the tools available in the game, including bunting, stealing, decent hitting and an involved defense. The Cubs have shown a tendency to put men on base in an almost uncanny manner.
Though, in many instances, they also have shown a tendency to leave men on base without capitalizing on opportunities. While playing the Reds at Wrigley on May 8, the Cubs turned over two innings while the bases were completely loaded. Not to mention the other multiple times that the Cubs left men on base during the game.
The Cubs recently returned from a successful road trip and displayed some real hope. However, they still maintain a position just below .500. This is due to the fact that they win (or lose) every other game like clockwork. This last fact seems to reflect something in either the pitching or the batting order. Though I think the jury may still be out on both these ideas and some serious observation time may still be needed to determine the real problem.
And through the process, it is apparent that every Cubs fan is waiting for the Cubs to move out of that comfort zone and create some winning streaks that could start moving the Cubs forward in the standings.
Perhaps the Cubs could use a change in the pitching order. The Cubs had some insight when they decided to bring back Kerry Wood. This could be one place to think about making at least one change. In other words, the management could consider moving Kerry Wood into an earlier slot in the pitching order.
The Cubs are showing some initiative, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed by their Fans. But whether it's in business or baseball, management is everything.During the 2010 season, a lot of people were placing the Cubs shortcomings on the Players. Though in hind sight, it appears that Lou Pinella was under personal stress which may have had an adverse affect on the Cubs performance.
But like any other organization in the world, the team is nothing without seasoned and involved leaders showing the players which way to go and how to get there. Strategy should always be in the long view of team management, and tactics are considered during the game itself. We now have the seasoned Manager in Mike Quade, What we need now is the strategy and Tactics to fall into place.