No, the Cubs don't need to change the way they've built their team and follow the Royals blueprint of contact hitting. The North Siders were last in baseball in that department, but they still had an offense that found their groove in the second half and was a force to be reckoned with. The Cubs aren't going to change who they are, they simply need to make some tweaks. At BP Wrigleyville, Sahadev Sharma says that if they are able to increase the team's overall contact just slightly, they can take a very good offense to elite.

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The issue isn't contact so much as situational hitting. Rizzo's contact rate is so high because he changes his approach in two-strike counts. This used to be usual among major-league hitters, but almost no one does it any more, because the rewards for power are so great.

Cub hitters would improve their situational hitting if they started to follow Rizzo's example.