Today is officially June, which means we can now look back at all of April and May because everyone loves arbitrary endpoints. As of May 31, the 2013 Cubs have scored 221 runs while giving up only 210. They should be better than their 23-30 record suggests, but baseball happens.
The Cubs had an offensive turnaround between April and May. In April, they were only 10-16 with 92 runs scored with 111 given up. But once May was done, they went 13-14 (still not good, but not terrible) with 129 runs scored and only 99 given up. As of now, the Cubs are around league average in runs scored and better than average in preventing runs once the entire season is factored in. They still have yet to score ten runs in a game, but that’ll come.
This all comes with a team OPS of .722, which doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that the team on-base percentage is just .303 and ranks near the bottom of the majors. There are still three teams that are better than the Cubs in their own division, two of which are legitimate (the jury is still out on the Pirates). Dale Sveum has employed platoons about as well as he could to maximize the production of guys like Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ransom, while regulars such as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo have been struggling a bit. The best offensive player might be one of the bloody pitchers (Travis Wood, OPS = .903 (!!!) ). There’s still a lot of work to be done, and I’m not entirely sure the Cubs can avoid a sell-off in July.
Next up is the MLB Draft, and then we’ll start exploring trade scenarios. In the meantime, be glad that the Cubs haven’t sucked as much lately and have actually been enjoyable to watch.