The Cubs’ strikeout issues of last season are far from a thing of the past.

With Kyle Schwarber’s strikeout against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss Monday, the Cubs have struck out 58 times through the first five games of the season.

According to ESPN, that is a National League record.

Chicago is very much a three-true outcome team. They strike out a lot. In fact, they were 10th in all of baseball with 1,401 strikeouts last season and ninth with 1,339 in 2016.

This is a new low for them though. They have set the record taking on the likes of Marlins and Reds pitchers Jose Urena, Tyler Mahle, Jarlin Garcia and Caleb Smith.

a man holding a baseball bat: Kyle Schwarber

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Kyle Schwarber

Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 10 strikeouts in 16 at-bats, but Willson Contreras isn’t far behind with eight in 21 plate appearances.


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