Transmogrified Tiger wrote: minnesotacubsfan wrote:
Transmogrified Tiger wrote:
The average team hit 20 fewer HR than last year, and Bryant alone is another 15.
they hit 56 fewer hr's. Everyone not named BAEZ loss power. And Baez alone accounted for 11 additional hr's that Bryant didn't hit between the years. Overall, the offense loss power and rather dramatically. Overall OPS took a 31 point loss. 62 fewer runs over the 162 game schedule. That's Chiliball with a sprinkling of Maddon enabling. Chili gets his blame*.
*I don't feel death threats are appropriate
League-wide OPS dropped 25 points and teams scored 30 runs fewer on average. The Cubs lost 27 points in slugging, the league lost 18. The gaps between that and the Cubs are even narrower considering how important Bryant is to the offense(2018 Baez was as close to 2017 Almora in offensive output as he was 2017 Bryant). This is not a #freeChili campaign, and I think you can lay a small part of the offense's inconsistency and power down turn at his feet. But the idea that counting numbers went down and that's on Chili is ignoring the two most important reasons, Bryant's injury and league-wide offense regressing.
Yes, I did ignore the league wide trend mostly because I cant explain why. Was it a tighter pitching league? where more borderline pitches called for strikes? In the case of the Cubs, I think the drop in power is a pretty clear indication of why they struggled on offense and,,, well, you did have Maddon and Chili talking about "..more contact less launch angle".
I'm not ignoring Bryant's injury. But here's the thing, you can change the hitting philosophy, you cant change players getting hurt. Thats why Chili (and Maddon) deserve most of the blame here.