Christian Ruzich, The Cub Reporter, has some interesting tidbits on the Cubs' historic offensive explosion in their series with the Reds.
Christian has good cause to be pleased. The Cubs are now in first in the NL Central with an 11-6 record, and the Reds are last at 5-11. The Reds have a 6.62 team ERA. Only one of their starters has an ERA under 6.00 and they have an overall 2-9 record. Their number one starter is 0-4 with a 12.74 ERA and twice as many walks as strikeouts and is now on the DL.
But they have been equally bad on offense. Their .224 team batting average is 85 points behind their collective opponent's average. They are almost 200 point behind in OPS. They've ben outscored 71 to 122 overall or 4.4 to 7.6 per game (that's being outscored by 72%). Rookie third baseman Brandon Larson is batting .093 and has a .305 OPS with 15 strikeouts in 43 at-bats. Their number two hitter has a .286 on-base percentage. And they have two future Hall-of-Famers on the DL.
Bob Boone seems a shoo-in for the first managerial dismissal of the year, and I can't think of anyone who deserves the honor more.