NEW YORK -- Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Mets was one of several missed opportunities for the Cubs, as Chicago went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and was unable to score a runner from third base with one out or fewer on two different occasions.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, such struggles with runners on base have become a trend the past month and change. Since the beginning of August, the Cubs are hitting just .192 (64-for-332) with runners in scoring position after posting a solid .270 (51-for-189) mark during July.
"It's been a tough go for us in that regard a lot," said Cubs manager Mike Quade. "We haven't been as productive in the middle of the lineup as we'd like."
The Cubs entered Saturday hitting .232 with runners in scoring position, with that number dropping to .225 when there are two outs. The Cubs have batted a healthier .259 overall -- 10th-best in the Majors -- and are hitting .257 since Aug. 1. Though Quade and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo have spent time trying to figure out what happens to their hitters with RISP, a definitive answer has yet to present itself.
"Sometimes you're not as patient as you need to be," Quade said. "Pitchers attack you different and maybe make adjustments to how they have maybe attacked you in your first two at-bats when there were no RBIs involved versus now, and all those adjustments that go into it.
"I know Rudy's talked till he's blue in the face and worked with guys about it -- but ultimately they've got to make the adjustments and try to get it done."