Cubs improve with runners in scoring position

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have finally climbed above the Mendoza line when batting with runners in scoring position.

Chicago entered Tuesday's game batting .204 with RISP, still lowest in the Major Leagues. The team leads the National League with 87 doubles and 131 extra-base hits. But they rank 10th in runs scored.

"It's climbing," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of the team's RISP average. "We're out of the hundreds and climbing towards .210 now. It is a cycle thing. Sometimes it's month to month and a team will hit .140, and then the next month, they'll hit .300 with men in scoring position.

"It's a cycle stat that hopefully everybody's bunched up at the end of the year and the really good offenses will be high," he said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.