It seems like the lesser pitchers are trying to nip the corners and make them swing outside the zone. That may work for a guy like Kershaw, but when they miss these Cubs hitters are patient enough to wait. They had 11 guys reach via free pass, 10 walks and 1 HBP.
It seems like these pitchers are just afraid. I can see why but walking only makes it worse. You just have to throw strikes and hope for the best.
And looking at the Cubs April schedule-Colorado, @ STL, @ Cincy, Mil, Atlanta. They can run up 20+ wins. They almost have to with these teams.