For a team that is leading the National League in batting average and OPS and is third in total runs scored, the last four games have not been what we want: one run in each game, a solo home run.1 The amazing thing is that the Cubs actually won two of the four games – and only lost another in the eleventh inning.
While it is great to win two out of four games when you only score one run a game, the pitching we wasted was depressing. Look at the stats for the four games. First, the relievers: collectively, they gave up one run in 16-2/3 innings. That’s an ERA of 0.55. The four starters were almost as good: four runs in 20 innings, for an ERA of 1.80. And if you leave out Tyler Chatwood (and it would be nice if we could), they were better: one run in 18 innings. Ex Chatwood, that’s an ERA of 0.50.
As I have said before, it’s all about getting hot in October. Because October is a whole new season.