The San Diego Padres dropped the first of a three-game stint at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, with the Chicago Cubs winning 6-0. It was a disappointing evening as the Padres batters failed and Blake Snell's slump in form continued.
It was not so much the scoreline as the performance after taking the series against the Diamondbacks. Dropping below .500 once again, the Padres need to find a way back quickly. How? Let's take a look at three key points from Chicago.
San Diego Padres: Don't leave runners in scoring positions, convert them
The Padres managed to get runners in scoring position (RISP) on eight occasions against the Cubs, yet they failed to convert any. You can't win games if you don't score, and the Padres are making a habit of it. According to Statmuse, the Padres have a team average of .214 with RISP. That places the Padres in dead last place in that table.
The Padres have 88 RBI for the season to further the point on leaving runners. This is 17 short of the league average. In comparison, the Cubs have 121, which was evidenced by a 2-for-9 RISP against the Padres.
Having lost five games so far by one or two runs, the RISP / RBI issue is massively hurting San Diego's chances for success. With the score only 2-0 going into the eighth inning, the Padres were still in reach, yet drew another blank before the Cubs iced the game at the bottom of the eighth.