When the lineup card was revealed for Wednesday night's World Series game, Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward's name was missing once again. For the second straight World Series game, Heyward was relegated to the bench. It's the third straight game of the postseason where Heyward didn't start.

Cubs offense lacking

On Tuesday night, the Cubs' offense was virtually nonexistent, even without Heyward taking up at bats. They had no answers for Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who dominated the strike zone until the bullpen came in and finished the 6-0 shutout, putting the Indians up 1-0 in the World Series.

It was the third time the Cubs had been shut out in this postseason.

In Game 2, the offense began to come alive. Kyle Schwarber, who has been injured all season, knocked in two runs. Ben Zobrist had an RBI triple. All of this was in support of six no-hit innings by Jake Arrieta, who left the game with a sizable lead and a chance to tie up the World Series before it heads back to Chicago.

Heyward's struggles characteristic of season, not career

Heyward has struggled from the plate throughout his first season with the Cubs. The 27 year-old was at or near career lows in nearly every statistical category, including hits, RBIs, and walks. He only had one triple this season, and failed to hit double-digit home runs for the first time in his career.

His .230 batting average was the second-worst in his career, only better than his second year in the major league. He remained one of the better defenders in baseball, even though he ranked 82nd amongst outfielders in offensive output this season.

His previous play was consistent with one of the emerging star outfielders in baseball, both for the Atlanta Braves and the St.

Louis Cardinals. It earned him an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs, a decision they may now be regretting.Cubs manager Joe Maddon assured Heyward that his role with the future of the team is solid. His role in this World Series, on the other hand, is shrinking quickly.

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