The Chicago Cubs – Five Things we’ve Learned from Opening Week

Source: Christian Petersen -Getty Images North America

Source: Christian Petersen -Getty Images North America

The Offense is Relentless — as advertised

As the Angels and the Diamondbacks learned, the Chicago Cubs starting lineup is a run-crunching machine. In their first six games, they have outscored opponents 47–18. Everyone from leadoff man Dexter Fowler through the eighth and ninth slot in the order is patient and dangerous. Both catchers are hitting. Miguel Montero is hitting well enough that they are pitching around him to get to the pitcher in the ninth slot, but the pitchers are hitting well too, including solid bunting by Kyle Hendricks and a home run bomb from Jake Arrieta.

The team slash line is .263/.372/.440 with an OPS of .812. They are getting on base, and taking advantage of those base runners. Several players have come in from the bench to have impact, including Matt Szczur and Munenori Kawasaki, who has a hit and a stolen base in only two at-bats.

The key, as many observed going into the season, is that there are simply no holes in this lineup. Opposing pitchers have lost the luxury of most intentional walk situations, because the person they will pitch to next is likely to be as dangerous as the one they are trying to pitch around. These guys are going to be causing headaches for rotations and managers all year long.

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