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Cubs Drop Significantly in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Chicago Cubs continue to struggle early on in the 2021 MLB season.
The Chicago Cubs continue to struggle early on in the 2021 MLB season. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

It is no question that the Chicago Cubs are struggling early on in the 2021 MLB season. They currently have a disappointing 5-7 record and are not able to get anything going on offense as they are dead last in the MLB in scoring at just 2.67 runs per game.

This has caused them to drop from No. 14 to No. 20 in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings. They come in behind three other National League Central teams and need to turn things around quickly if they want to be in postseason contention by the end of the year.

The Cubs are off to a historically bad start at the plate. In fact, they have put together the fewest amount of hits through 10 games in franchise history (49). They are posting a putrid .254 on-base percentage (lowest in the MLB) and can't seem to string multiple hits together at a time.

Their pitching staff is up-and-down as well. Starters Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta both boast an ERA under 3.25, but the remaining three starters all have one that is above 6.00. That is not going to cut it when facing the level of hitters the MLB features in today's game.

There is still a lot of time for the Cubbies to gain some momentum and start winning ball games, but they better hope it starts happening soon. They have a tough stretch coming up in their schedule starting with a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves this weekend.

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