Why Cubs not sweating Suzuki’s unavoidable downturn — yet initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The great news for the Cubs up until now this season is that big-ticket totally free representative Seiya Suzuki is so impactful that when he’s hot so is the group.
The not-so-great news: He hasn’t been even space temperature level for 2 weeks, and the Cubs have actually turned as cold as the difficult truths dealing with a low-cost lineup in the middle of another restore — and, naturally, the weather condition.
Even when asked Wednesday about the feel-good minute of that Rookie of the Month award he won Monday, Suzuki didn’t blanch at the truth.
“I was really happy, but obviously my condition isn’t very well right now,” he stated through his group interpreter. “So that’s what I’m trying to work on.”
Nine innings and 4 at-bats later on, April’s novice experience was May’s bellwether for a fast-sinking Cubs group that tracks even the hard-tanking Pirates in the National League Central.
Another 0-for-4 for Suzuki. Another low-scoring loss for the Cubs — this time 4-3 to the White Sox in a two-game South Siders’ sweep at Wrigley Field.
“I’m feeling good [at the plate], but I’m slumping so I’m trying to pick it up,” stated Suzuki, who stated he hasn’t recognized anything particular that’s triggering his downturn and, in truth, presumed regarding state he doesn’t believe pitchers are approaching him any in a different way than they did early in the season, when he opened with among the very best 10-game profession begins in franchise history.
“Actually I agree with him,” stated supervisor David Ross, whose group lost for the 11th time in 14 video games.
“What I see him playing with is just a little bit of timing,” Ross included. “I think just playing every single day and after starting off so comfortable, they’re being a little more aggressive. He’s fouled off a couple pitches that I think he thought he should have hit.”
The numbers recommend pitchers may be tossing more breaking balls early in the count to Suzuki, who has actually been notably client given that the season began.
Asked prior to the video game if he’d like to see Suzuki get more aggressive previously in counts, Ross stated, “As a whole, I wouldn’t put him in that bucket.”
Case in point: With one out in the 8th and runners at the corners in a one-run video game, Suzuki appeared like he was searching fastballs early versus versus Matt Foster and swung through 2 rapidly, the very first one up and out of the zone.
He then appeared a 93-mph high fastball nasty off of very first base for the 2nd out.
All of an unexpected, the NL’s Player of the Week for the 2nd week of the season was 8-for-52 (.154) with 18 strikeouts and a .459 OPS throughout the Cubs’ 14-game slide — consisting of 0-for-8 with 3 strikeouts the last 2 nights versus the Sox.
He had 9 strolls and 6 extra-base hits the very first 10 video games (1.493 OPS) — 5 and 4 in the last 14.
In those 14 video games, the Cubs have actually scored one run 5 times, 2 runs 3 times and 3 runs 3 times.
“It’s obviously a long season,” stated Suzuki, who puts in prolonged work programs prior to and after video games and appears positive with his technique. “So I want to continue and just keep what I’m doing.”
The Cubs anticipated an tough modification duration when they signed him; if anything, the surprise was what he had the ability to achieve the very first 2 weeks, they state.
But for how long it takes Suzuki to change once again and restore his competitive footing at the plate figures to have a lot to state about the Cubs’ outlook, for this season along with strategies and timelines beyond.
“He’s played with some leg kicks and some non-strides and some things to try to get on time a little bit more consistent,” Ross stated. “He started off and was surprising everyone, like, ‘Wow, this guy is taking the league by storm,’ right? And now you’re seeing the league kind of adjust, and he’s also in that same boat of adjusting back to pitchers and seeing a lot of these guys for the first and second time again.
“He’s got to go through the ebbs and flows of a season like everybody else.”
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