Things We Learned About the Cubs Through the First Quarter of the Season
Can you believe it, baseball fans? A quarter of the 2013 MLB season is already in the books and the Cubs are, well, the Cubs. Standing seven games below .500 and 8.5 games behind the Cardinals, the boys in blue have struggled (as expected).
There have not been many surprises, though we have learned some things about the team, such as the abilities of newcomers and young players.
Here, we will look at some things we have learned.
Matt Garza Is More Breakable Than Glass
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Matt Garza should have a "Made in China" sticker on his back.
Garza, who has not pitched in the majors since July 21st, has had multiple setbacks in his recovery. Although Garza had problems throughout his recovery, he has finally begun his rehab and is slated to return soon.
Hopefully for the Cubs, he can return to pitch soon so that his trade value can increase.
Edwin Jackson Was Paid Too Much
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Edwin Jackson certainly hit the jackpot with his $13 million contract—even more so because of his performance so far this season.
Although Jackson hasn't had much run support or defense behind him, he's still struggled with his command.
Jackson carries a 1-5 record with a 6.02 ERA and remains the weakest link an otherwise steady Cubs rotation.
Having Two Hitting Coaches Is Starting to Pay off
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Finally, the Cubs have begun to generate offense. They hit only .235 in the month of April, but that number has increased to .269 in the month of May.
Although weather and rustiness certainly play a factor in a team's run performance, the Cubs were still 12th in batting average through April.
Much of this can perhaps be attributed to having two hitting coaches.
Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo Are Not Proven Leaders
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Though it's difficult to know what goes on in a team's clubhouse, manager Dale Sveum has given the impression that young stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro have not proven themselves to be clubhouse leaders.
When Sveum threatened to demote anyone who was underperforming, including Castro or Rizzo, he gave the impression that neither player has proven to be a leader. Few teams would demote their leaders to the minor leagues, regardless of their salary or performance.