For the first time in quite a while, the Cubs won a series on the road. They did so by smacking many extra-base hits (11 doubles and four home runs) all around PNC Park. In fact, the Cubs have the third highest slugging percentage in the majors (.548) over the last week. Could this mean the bats are finally coming around and showing their power? Let’s hope so, because they welcome the San Diego Padres, a team known for its power.
The Padres do not hit for average or get on base with high frequency, but they do hit home runs and rely on them to drive runs in. During the series in San Diego, they hit three home runs and drove in seven runs on those bombs. Their total run production in that series was 12, so more than half of their runs were driven in on those three hits. In order to limit their offense, Cubs pitching must keep the ball in the park.
Limiting the offense is only half of the equation. The Cubs have to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Padre pitchers. In San Diego, the Cubs left 25 men on base and were 2-for-26 …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider