Just How Bad Has the Cubs’ Offense Been?

Thanks to Carrie Muskat for collecting the following numbers:

Atlanta: 40-12

San Diego: 42-5

NY Yankees: 44-2

Cubs: 26-19

Tampa Bay: 35-10

St. Louis: 33-11

San Francisco: 31-12

Seattle: 30-13

White Sox: 34-9

Those are the records in one-run games for the teams with the most one-run games this year. Notice anything?

That’s right. Not only do the Cubs have the fewest wins in one-run games out of this group (and they’ve played in the fourth most), they also have the most losses. The explanation for playing in so many one-run games, yet having so many losses and so few wins? 2-1. 3-2. 1-0. 4-3. Those are the losses with which we’ve become all too familiar, and virtually all can be pinned on the offense.

EDIT: Wow. Total misread of the numbers. Those are the records in games in which the team allows 3 runs or fewer. The point remains the same: it’s an indictment of the Cubs’ offense. That’s what I meant to say, but between retrieving the stats and writing up the post, it got transformed in my brain. Internets 1, Ace 0.

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4 responses to “Just How Bad Has the Cubs’ Offense Been?”

  1. BT

    Ace, I think you are reading this wrong (or I’m reading you wrong). A 26-19 record in one run games is actually pretty good (and the Yankees 44-2 record would be astounding). I think that is the record for the Cubs in which they held the opponent to 3 runs or less. Which is MUCH worse.

    In other words, Cubs pitching has managed to hold an opposing team to 3 runs or less 45 times. The Cubs, miraculously, have managed to LOSE 19 of those games.

    Or maybe I’m missing something.

  2. BT

    For the record, the Cubs record in one run games is 11-20, which the stat guys will tell you is astoundingly unlucky.

  3. KB

    Yes, 11-20 is very unlucky.
    But as the main post points out, we’ve stunk at scoring runs, especially in close ballgames.
    The Yanks are 44 and 2 when they get a good pitching performance? Sheesh.