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Lou Talks Bull’s-Eye

By bullpenbrian at 04.30.2009 2 comments.

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Lou talked about the lack of intensity after the game. Says his team needs to realize they have a bull’s-eye on their back after winning back-to-back NL Central titles.

The lack of intensity was clear Wednesday afternoon. The end result – a 10-0 shutout - marked the worst effort by the Cubs this season and, a (2-4) road trip.

Chicago has scored fewer runs (95) than runs allowed (96). And that has everything to do with the offense – not the pitching.

Respectfully speaking, this isn’t a game you tip your cap to Doug Davis. The Cubs lineup was brutal. Two hits and two men in scoring position all afternoon against a guy who threw 116 pitches in seven innings – plate discipline was non existent.

And while Aramis’ return should help, it means little if the guys around him – Lee, Bradley and Soto – can’t hit.

I’m starting to like the idea of Soriano, Fukudome and Ramirez as the top three hitters. Maybe try Bradley at cleanup with Fontenot and Lee following. Theriot has had much better success down in the order and, I haven’t given up on seeing more of Koyie Hill either.

Dempster hasn’t had his good stuff since his opening night in Houston. However, in all five starts he’s lasted exactly six innings. Most importantly, he’s keeping the Cubs in the game.

Still, he’s not been as sharp as last year. Although, I’m wondering if Dempster is simply trying too hard knowing there’s a lack of run support? Or, maybe it has something to do with his 4-year $52 million dollar deal signed in November?

I don’t know what to make of Marmol’s performance – four walks and four runs in one-third of an inning. Let’s hope he’s not favoring his knee.

This is a big homestand against Florida and San Fran with the Cubs sitting at .500 and in fifth place. Another performance like Wednesday and Lou is bound to explode…and he has every right too.

  • Notes: Cubs (10-10) are in fifth place.
  • W: Davis (2-3) L: Dempster (1-1)
  • This was Dempster’s 200th career start.
  • He’s also allowed four home runs in his five starts.
  • Cubs are (0-2) against left-handed starters.
  • D-Lee was 2-for-12 on the road trip.
  • Soto 2-for-17.
  • Oakland recalled former Cub Eric Patterson.
  • Colorado did the same with Matt Murton.
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2 Comments

  1. Rex says:

    That was painfull to watch. Not only was Davis putting me to sleep, but apparently the Cubs hitters as well.

    Here are my thoughts:
    - Soto looks lost at the plate and behind it.
    - Miles every day is unbearable, though he has done fine.
    - Walks are more unbearable, and 86 issued to 82 taken is troubling.
    - Where is the speed. The Cubs have stolen just 8 bases and have been caught 9 times. Can any of these guys run?
    - Thank Jebus it’s only April 30th.

  2. bullpenbrian says:

    Rex: painful to watch, indeed. And, your thoughts are spot on. But, I will say this – it’s still very early in the season.

    That said, the games still count. And, these tough April losses are the ones that will be looked back upon in September with a division championship on the line – I hope!

    Obviously, there are noticeable holes that need to be addressed. I’d start with the bullpen arms.

    If the Cubs fortunes don’t change Hendry must get creative. But, let’s hope the Cubs don’t go down that road.

    I haven’t lost faith. There’s a lot of talent on this club and a lot of baseball left to be played. Stay strong:)

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