The problem with the Cubs is that they’re paper champions.
Since April 21 the offense is batting nearly .300…tops in all of baseball. They also lead the majors in hits with two strikes…and the outfield offense, specifically, leads the majors in OPS (on base percentage + slugging).
The starting staff’s 22 quality starts is third best in baseball…trailing only Tampa Bay and St. Louis…and the staff as a whole leads the majors in strikeouts.
Yet, the Cubs are six-games below .500 and have lost four straight to the god-awful Pirates.
Reality can be a tough cookie to swallow…the Cubs being the perfect example. They get the job done on paper, but fail miserable where it counts: on the scoreboard.