By Richard Kagan
The Chicago Cubs have been putting up big numbers on the scoreboard on the road. They come back to Chicago in a week or so. Can they continue their current torrid streak at the plate?
Lately, the team has been averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitters are spraying the ball all over the field. Jason Heyward has found his swing and has hit three home runs in the last four days. He belted a three-run homer against the Pirates in a 14-3 romp. Heyward is now batting .294 for the young season with 3 home runs and 16 RBI’s. Last season he hit .230 with seven home runs and 49 RBI’s.
Heyward has said he’s been working on his swing and he hopes his production continues. So do Cubs fans.
Addison Russell had four singles and Ben Zobrist hit a bases-loaded clearing double. Kris Bryant is finding his stroke and had a three hit night. So did Miguel Montero. Listen, these guys can hit. They hit in the dreary-like conditions in Pittsburgh, where it was a good idea to dress with the winter coat.
Imagine what may happen on a sunny day at Wrigley Field with the wind blowing out? The way the pitching has been going, the Cubs may win 15-7. Last night Brett Anderson looked like a starting pitcher in his outing. The starting pitching looks a bit vulnerable now. Kyle Hendricks has yet to find his groove. Jon Lester has yielded more runs than usual. Jake Arrieta looks starter-ready. But the Cubs offense might off-set the shaky starters — for a while.
It is a long season, and the Cubs have played less than 20 games, but signs are looking positive, just as the Ivy begins to bloom again on the walls in the outfield. The Ivy will come up.
Hopefully the bats continue to come alive as we head deeper into Spring.