Jed Hoyer believes it's too early to judge his inconsistent Cubs or form a plan for trade deadline direction


(670 The Score) The Cubs own the third-best run differential in the National League at plus-26, and yet they entered Wednesday in third place in their division at 21-26. That's a perplexing and frustrating mark for a team that hasn't won games at a rate that its underlying statistics suggest it should.

Amid that, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer is remaining patient and believes a reversal of fortune is coming for his team in the standings. With that in mind, Hoyer also isn't thinking at all about what direction to take at the MLB trade deadline on Aug. 1.

“It’s so early to even have those discussions,” Hoyer said. “Right now, we’re looking at a team that’s done a lot of things really well that hasn’t won games. I think we’re really focused entirely on that. I’d like to think that those decisions, and I certainly hope we’re adding, those decisions will bear out two months-plus from now, and we’ll identify it then. But right now, that’s kind of the furthest thing from our minds. We’re trying to identify the things we’re doing poorly and how do we change those things. That’s really been our focus. But it has been frustrating.

“It’s been maddening for us, for me, for the coaching staff, I know for the fans. But I do believe that we’re in these games and we need to find a better way to execute late in the games, and I think we’ll be on the other side of that equation.”

The Cubs earned a 7-2 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field after returning from a 2-7 road trip.

The Cubs host the Mets on Wednesday evening in the middle contest of their three-game series at Wrigley Field. Pregame will start at 6:05 p.m. on 670 The Score, with first pitch set for 6:40 p.m.

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