April was arguably as strange a month as the Chicago Cubs will have. Their first 25 games were decided by four runs or less, making it the second-longest such streak to start a season in baseball history. They almost made it a full month of close games if not for Edwin Jackson's performance in a 13-7 loss on Tuesday night. He had the rare bad start in a month of good ones by Cubs hurlers.

The outcome on Tuesday was much more predictable than the first 25 where games were won and lost in the strangest of fashions. Errors, home runs, bullpen meltdowns and wild pitches were the norm. And a look inside the numbers truly tells how weird the first month of the season was for the 10-16 Cubs.

They hit 35 home runs in the first month, or 24 more than they did last April. Combined with lowering their ERA from 4.21 to 3.78 those numbers should equate to more than just a slight increase in their winning percentage from .348 to .385. But it didn't. Why not?

"The biggest thing right now why we're 10-15 and not 15-10 is just timely hitting," manager Dale Sveum said before Tuesday's loss. "Twenty-five games in a row decided by four runs or less. You hit .250 instead of .150 that's a lot of runs in 25 games."

Ah, timely hitting. It's been pretty bad. The Cubs are dead last in baseball with a .165 batting average with men in scoring position. But here's the strange part of that statistic: They lead the National League with the most home runs with at least one man on base (16). Yet they're second to last in runs scored in the NL. Strange indeed.

More than hitting with runners in scoring position maybe the Cubs just need more runners. They're near the bottom in overall batting average (.235) and rank 28th in baseball in on-base percentage (.288).

There's another oddity. Home run hitting teams usually take a lot of walks. For example, the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies rank ahead of the Cubs in long balls and are also in the top 5 of the NL in taking free passes. But the Cubs are dead last with just 58 walks. It makes little sense.

Also making little sense is the Cubs' defense through the first month. It's gotten better but they rank second to last in the NL with a .979 fielding percentage. Their fourteen unearned runs given up are a testament to the poor timing of those errors.