Did you notice that the Chicago Cubs went a week without notching a hit with runners in scoring position last week?
It’s true. From Friday—the Matt Szczur “single” on which Gregory Polanco did the chicken dance—until the following Friday, the Cubs went through an 0-for-31 stretch with runners in scoring position. You probably didn’t notice because the Cubs managed to go 3-2 in the games sandwiched in the middle.
After an 0-for-6 in Wednesday’s series finale loss to the Nationals, though, the Cubs’ woes continued. That they went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position against the Nationals this week was probably obscured by the fact that the one hit was this Addison Russell walk-off double.
In other words … it’s been a bad couple weeks for the Cubs with runners in scoring position, even if you haven’t heard folks crying out in anguish about the problem.
Indeed, it’s been an issue all year for the Cubs. Consider the following Cubs offensive numbers (through Wednesday’s game), first in all situations, and then with runners in scoring position, together with their ranking in baseball:
- .241 BA (22nd) / .220 BA (29th)
- .705 OPS (16th) / .663 OPS (27th)
- .310 wOBA (16th) / .287 wOBA (27th)
- .306 BABIP (9th) / .288 BABIP (18th)
- .146 ISO (13th) / .114 ISO (26th)