Cubs address missed chances in loss to Cards

Cubs address missed chances in loss to Cards

CHICAGO -- It's the start of a new season, but the Cubs' offense looked very much like it did year. Chicago, which ranked 14th in the National League with runners in scoring position in 2014, went 0-for-13 in those situations in a 3-0 loss to the Cardinals on Opening Night.

"It's an industry-wide problem," manager Joe Maddon said after the game. "I've gone through that before. We did a nice job of putting guys out there. We ran some good at-bats with guys out there. ... It wasn't that we hit the ball badly tonight, we just could not come through at the right moment. Overall, I thought we had some pretty good [at-bats] all night long."

The Cardinals went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position but also made more productive outs in moving runners over. The Cubs wasted leadoff doubles in the first, second and fifth innings.

"You have the mentality of either getting them over or getting them in, and [Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright] made some good pitches," Mike Olt said. "It's not going to happen very often. We'll just make some adjustments."

John Mallee, the Cubs' fourth hitting coach in the last four seasons, is tasked with getting the Cubs to be more productive.

"It's one of those things -- you just try to grind each at-bat," David Ross said. "You go up there and try to have your at-bat and do the best you can and try to battle. I don't think there's any huge secret that you can tell a guy, 'Hey, just do this and you'll drive in runs.'"

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.