The 2011 Chicago Cubs are on the road to mediocrity. That is putting it nicely. This possibly might be one of the worst Cubs teams in history. Let's take a look at how they rank so far.
The Cubs haven't been getting timely hits this season. But they are hitting. As a team, they rank third in batting average, hitting .266 as a team. The St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox rank ahead of them.
So why do the Cubs get a mediocre grade of C even when they rank third in average?
They fail to drive runs in.
The Cubs rank 24th in RBI with 235 driven in.
The "Flubs" rank 25th in home runs with 44 dingers. Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays has almost half that number by himself.
They rank 21st in runs with 259.
They don't even draw walks. They are dead last with only 160 walks. The Yankees have 90 more walks than them.
The Cubs staff should be better than they are. Plain and simple. They are the most under-performing staff in the entire MLB.
The Cubs rank dead last in ERA with a 4.82.
The Cubs rank 24th in saves.
The "Lovable Losers" rank dead last in innings pitched.
The Cubs lead the league in walks allowed.
The most astounding stat to me is that they are dead last in complete games with NONE. Not one starting pitcher has pitched a full nine inning game.
Now you might be thinking an F for fielding percentage is a little harsh. No way.
The Cubs rank dead last in fielding percentage, double plays, assists and putouts.
They lead the league in errors.
Can someone say a team that lacks fundamentals?
I give a lot more credit to Quade and his staff than I should. I don't know if it is out of pity or just because I think he deserves the credit.
He has had a tough go with this team.
He has under-performing, overpaid, over-the-hill stars up and down this roster.
He has players who can't stay healthy.
He might as well be a Triple-A manager with all the young guys they have up on this team.
But he falls in love with certain players, and he hangs them out to dry. For example, in Zambrano's last start, he gave up seven earned runs in only six innings pitched. He threw over 130 pitches. What? Also, Castro is hitting over .300 from the leadoff spot and only .265 (about) from the three-hole. Yet, before tonight he constantly hit Castro third.
He makes bonehead decisions. Tonight he started rookie D.J. LeMahieu at first base. He had never played a game at the position before.
Considering the injuries and under-performing players, Quade has done what he can. For that he deserves, at least, a little credit.