As much as we talk about the Cubs’ lack of clutch hitting, adding speed to the lineup should be another point of emphasis this winter.
Speed is so valuable on both sides of the ball helping to create runs and taking them away. It’s a pressure point that rattles the opposition, forces mistakes and wins games.
While speed never seems to be undervalued, it’s often over-looked and underused, at least offensively. The good news, however, is as baseball further departs the steroid era the more the running game is being resurrected, which is exciting for baseball overall.
The Cubs stole four bases on Sunday leading to a 6-3 win against Pittsburgh. But it’s not very often we see the Cubs swiping bags. Chicago ranks 27th in stolen bags. Not very good.