If hitting is contagious, the Cubs have a clean bill of health.
In the last four games Chicago has scored 0, 1, 3, and 2 runs. Not surprisingly, it adds up to a four-game losing streak.
It’s been hard to watch and, the end to this offensive ineptitude doesn’t appear near. Obviously, the injuries to Aramis and Bradley hurt the lineup, but they’re seven other batters responsible for hitting too.
Cardinals have committed four errors this series, Cubs have basically done nothing to capitalize.
What’s more, Chicago’s starting pitching has hurled four consecutive quality starts, but the lack of situational and clutch hitting has humbled the mighty Cubs back to .500 baseball.
Winning streaks cover weaknesses, losing streak makes them glaring realities.
It’s more obvious than ever that D-Lee is not a three, four or five guy; Theriot appears better suited down in the lineup and Soriano sure looked good batting leadoff.
That said, it’s not time to panic. The Cubs are simply too talented not to break out of this funk. And eventually, Aramis and Bradley will be healthy and back in the order.
In the meantime, place blame wherever you want, but like the common cold, the batting slump will just have to run its course.
After the game Lou gave a low blow to Patton. “You can’t walk people in front of Pujols.” “You might be able to do that in Modesto, but over here, I would suggest not,” Piniella said.
Let’s see how Patton responds.
Also, it goes without saying the Cubs need a huge start out of Harden Sunday. That makes me worry the right-hander will want to over-throw the baseball, especially if the Cards grab an early lead.
However, if Harden throws a gem, maybe the Cubs can squeak out a win on get-away-day and regroup in Arizona.
- Notes: Cubs (8-8) 4th Place
- W: Boggs (1-0) L: Marshall (0-1)
- David Patton’s ERA is 11.37
- Three of the Cubs’ starters, Lee, Soto and Miles, are batting below .200
- In the past two games Chicago is 3-for-18 with RISP.
- Pujols has eight career grand slams.
- Last season the Cubs didn’t lose three in-a-row until mid-July (17-19).
- Cubs and Cards match up for a total of 16 games this season, 13 before the All Star break.