The National League Central is not the strongest division in baseball this season.
The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are battling it out for the top spot in the division, with the remaining three teams all battling it out for the bottom spot.
The Chicago Cubs are one of those remaining three teams that are not playing very good baseball.
They sit 13 games back of the first place Brewers in the Central with a record of 25-42.
They’re also 2-8 in their last 10.
Their pitching has been the biggest problem, and MLB insider Bob Nightengale pointed out an interesting fact on Twitter, which might stand to reason why the Cubs are struggling so badly.
The Chicago #Cubs have now managed to give up at least 12 runs in four of their last nine games.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 21, 2022
As Nightengale points out, the Cubs have managed to give up 12 runs in four of their last nine games.
That isn’t going to win you very many ballgames, and it simply won’t cut it when you’ve got the Brewers and Cardinals to deal with.
Good teams always pounce on mistakes by the opposition and opposing teams have been able to do just that against the Cubbies, who also find themselves well out of contention in the NL Wild Card race, 12.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.
It’s hard to believe that just four years ago, the Cubs had the second-best record in the National League.
But times have changed drastically.
There certainly aren’t going to be any teams fearing the Cubs down the stretch.
This team has simply not performed well this season and their chances of a turnaround are slim to none.
But there is still time left in the season.
We’ll see if they can pull it together and return to where they once were.