Maddon says Cubs bats will only improve

Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:40pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The youthful Cubs showed their batting prowess in the regular season as Chicago led the majors in wins, yet the postseason has produced peaks and valleys at the plate.

Chicago manager Joe Maddon said on Saturday it is all part of baseball's development process and that the Cubs figure only to get better and better on offense.

"I think a lot of it has to do with youth," Maddon told reporters before Game Four against the Cleveland Indians.

"As we continue to move forward together, the one area of our club that I anticipate's going to get better is offense."

Maddon based his analysis on how baseball professionals project young players.

"If you put your scout's cap on right now, normally you look at our group or any group, you're going to see running speed should hopefully remain the same, possibly regress a little bit.

"Defense should remain the same, possibly get a little bit better. Arm strength the same thing, you want to at least maintain what you have," the skipper said.

"But if you had to write numbers down on a piece of paper, the one you're going to project a lot on would be offense, whether it's hitting or hitting with power."   Continued...

Oct 26, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon celebrates with his team after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports