I haven't watched the cubs much this season (I'm not a cubs fan), but when I have seen them on TV, it seems like the starting pitching fell off a cliff and caught a dumpster on fire.
that I've seen: "What’s wrong with the Cubs is all the deals we fans made with the devil during that rain delay are coming due." (from comments at linked article). I think that about explains it, and I am guilty of contributing.
They are 9/15 in the NL in runs scored, 6/15 in ERA but 12/15 in quality starts, and 13/15 in fielding percentage.
Total systemic collapse. Or just a really good hangover.
OBP and often would see 8-10 pitches an at bat. Schwarber didn't come close to duplicating this. I think the Cubs greatly underestimated how important he was to the offense. Fowler has also had a drop off, but his OBP is still .330 which is a lot better than the other guys the Cubs tried at leadoff (except for the 10-12 game Rizzo experiment.
The starting pitching has had a huge drop off. Maybe the innings from the last 2 years have caught up with them. Lester, Arietta and Hendricks didn't miss many starts in 2015 and 2016 and pitched another 16 or 17 games in the playoffs. Maybe they have tired arms. I don't know.
The fielding has been suspect too. They just are not playing good baseball.
Unless something changes the Cubs are going to miss the playoffs. Even if they make the playoffs, they aren't playing well enough to beat anyone in a series.
After his performance in the World Series, they could have gotten a king's ransom for him.
He would be a perfect DH, and I think he would really excel in that role.
while trying to throw it back in during today's game. Just rusty, I guess.
This is a big "we'll see".
And then .400 for the second half of the season.
Schwarber was producing as a plus MLB player his rookie year. He produced even better in the post season that year and last year, which, although a small sample, comes against cherry-picked superior pitching.
Although he could be like Todd Frazier. Best OPS in his first full year. Had a worse year next year but still about a league average player despite low batting average. Then became a productive all star for a couple years and has been a better than average player.
I'm not particularly worried about Schwarber.
season under .297. He can have a bad half season. We have no idea how good or bad Schwarber is.
His rookie year of 70ish games where no team had a chance to figure him out.
This year of 65ish games where he couldn't figure any teams out.
The playoffs where he had 15 games and was great.
Or somewhere in between.
He is just finishing up a full year, so who the heck knows. I am guessing somewhere in between.
going to stumble around and finish 3rd in their division and out of the play offs - a possibility based on their play so far - they could let him get 500 at bats and we might have a better idea on his future.
If they make a move and compete for the division title then it is hard to play a guy who is struggling especially when the rest of the line up is struggling.
In 2016, the Cubs could play Hayward and his .200 average since (1) most of the other players were hitting, (2) the starting pitching was great, and (3) his defense was a plus.
None of that fits with 2017 Schwarber. The starting pitching is weak. Most of the players are hitting .260. Schwarber's defense is a negative.