In the NL, the Cubs bats ranked like so:
.301 OBP - 2nd to last
.393 SLG - 8th to last
.694 OPS - 4th to last
.238 AVG - 3rd to last
1,302 Hits - 2nd to last
602 Runs - 2nd to last, yet the Cubs were 2nd in homers with 172.
Just... nobody was on base when the homers happened.
Of the 64 players who had enough at bats to count, Darwin Barney ranks 64th in OBP with a .266.
Both Barney and Wellington Castillo had 104 hits.
The difference is Barney had 121 more at bats than Castillo.
Barney has a fabulous glove and we love the heart, but he should be on somebody's bench.
The guy who led the league in hits 2 years ago with 207 hit only 163 this year.
Starlin Castro was pretty vocal, towards the end of the season, about wanting to "be me".
"I want to be an aggressive hitter. That’s what good hitters do—go to the plate and hit." he said.
Well, was he trying to be patient at the plate all year until September, when he said these things?
30 walks, which ranked 90th, would at least partially argue that the answer is no.
I feel bad for Castro, actually, and wonder about how guys like Starlin fit in with The Cubs Way.
Ahhh, I'm not gonna do a deep dive into the problems of this year's team.
Lots of these guys will be gone pretty soon, depending on who comes up next year, and when.
Depending on if the Cub Fanbase's waning patience and lack of tickets sold puts enough pressure on Theo and Jed to go get a bat that's more attention getting than say, Nate Schierholtz.
It's a tricky year, this next one, for the guys runnin' the show.
But I'm pretty positive that next year, while they still have miles to go to actually be good, the Cubs will be better than this year.
And that's something, at least.
Let us all pray for Javier Baez to have a monster spring and come play at Wrigley next year.
That in a couple years, Dan Vogelbach makes enough noise for the Cubs to have to make a Mark Grace/Rafael Palmiero type choice, and one or the other brings back some monster pitching talent in trade.
Because neither of those guys are going to play anything but 1st base or dh.
Or, maybe by then the dh will be nation-wide and it won't matter.
But this year, the Cub bats pretty much shrugged along with the rest of us and said, "Wait til next year."