Should call up Robel. He'd join the group shortly after the ASB.Cubswin11 wrote:We have 5 players with 15 Dongs or more, no other team has more than 3. That's kinda cool. Both and Heyward could make it 6 or 7 relatively soon if they get on a heater, Bote is at 9 and Heyward is at 10.
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The Cubs hit five home runs during that Los Angeles series, but drew just five walks and managed to slash just .211/.243/.346. After Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs have scored 48.9 percent of their runs via the homer, seventh in baseball and third in the National League behind the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres. Hitting too many home runs isn’t a bad thing, but a team also needs to find other ways to score runs. And right now the Cubs are in a stretch where they just don’t seem capable of doing that.
The team is hitting .243 with runners in scoring position, 27th in baseball. They’re a below-average team when it comes to scoring runners from third with fewer than two outs, converting those situations 48.7 percent of the time, 17th in baseball. Once a top scoring team in the game, the Cubs have dropped to 5.06 runs per game and are 13th in baseball and fifth in the NL. Hardly unacceptable, but this is a group that expects to be elite on offense. And right now, that’s just not the case.
Ideally they could fix these issues internally, but unless someone steps up, there doesn’t appear to be an obvious option currently in the organization. Nico Hoerner is working his way back from a fracture in his wrist and likely won’t be back in Double-A until early July. His chance of impacting the big-league club was minuscule to start the season and is now non-existent. Taking a flyer on Carlos González has yet to really pay off and at some point, they’ll call upon Ian Happ and see if his adjustments in the minors lead to any consistency in the big leagues. Right now the best bet to surprise this offense with some impact might be 26-year-old power bat Robel Garcia, who spent the previous half-dozen years playing professional baseball in Italy. The athletic switch-hitter has 17 home runs and an ISO above .300 across Double-A and Triple-A this year.
Someone finally mentioned Robel Garcia!