Cubs expect bats to heat up with weather

Cubs expect bats to heat up with weather

Cubs expect bats to heat up with weather
CINCINNATI -- The Cubs are glad to see the month of April end. The team hit nine home runs in the month, lowest in the National League and fewer than the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who has 12.

The last time the Cubs had nine homers in a month was August 1981, when they hit nine in 21 games.

"New month, obviously, and the weather warming up and things like that will play into hitting more home runs," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Would we have more than we have now if the weather was different and the wind wasn't blowing in [at Wrigley Field]? Of course we would. At the beginning, we came across a lot of good pitching, and now it's leveled off. All that comes into play."

The Cubs' team batting average of .237 was its lowest in April since the 1997 team batted .228 in the first month.