Save the deep dives and hand-wringing over the ailing and failing of the Cubs lineup and so many of its slumping former All-Stars.
Cubs manager David Ross has a simple, concise answer to cover it all:
"We're going to live and die with the core guys here," Ross said Monday as the Cubs prepared to open a three-game series over also-ran Detroit that will take them to the halfway point in their 60-game season.
"We're going to be as good as those guys are. That's our strength," said Ross, pointing to the "unique situation" this year that offers little time and space for fixes - much less worrying about them.
Not that overhauls or worrying are in order when it comes to hitters with All-Star track records such as Javy Báez (.200 through the weekend), Anthony Rizzo (.213), Willson Contreras (.215), never mind Kris Bryant (.177), who's on the injured list for at least the next few days with a wrist and finger injury.
"Those are the guys that are going to carry the day for us," Ross said. "Those are guys that if we want to go to the place that we expect to go, those guys have to be good. You've got to trust them.
"You've got to let them work through the ups and downs of a season in general. But in this short season, how everything's heightened, I don't think we're going to look up at the end of the year and look at the numbers.
"You're going to look at how this season played out with wins and losses and how you went about your daily business and enjoyed it."
The Cubs have little to complain about on that end - especially given the fact they have the second-worst team average (.224), second-highest strikeout total (269) and are below league average in slugging and OPS.
And don't get them started on their utter impotence with the bases loaded.
"I was in the training room yesterday telling the guys, ‘Man, I wonder what the narrative is in second place,'" said Ross, whose team already has won three games when scoring just two runs. "It's nice to be in first. We want to play better baseball, no doubt. There's a lot of places to improve. But I'd much rather be in first than in second, third or fourth."
Cubs' David Ross: 'We're going to live and die' with slumping stars originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago