A lack of plate patience has been yet another on-going problem for the Cubs this season.
Chicago’s free swinging and overly aggressive approach does a lot to explain why the Cubs stink at hitting with runners on base.
When you don’t have a lineup that’s collectively working the count, you don’t work the opposing pitcher. When you don’t work the opposing pitcher, you lesson his chances for making a mistake. And hitting the mistake pitch is often the difference maker in winning and losing games.