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A Cubs April To Forget

By bullpenbrian at 05.01.2009 Leave a comment.


You hope this performance disappears with April, never to be seen again in 2009.

Cubs follow up their worst effort of the season in Arizona by registering more errors (3) than runs scored (2) on Thursday.

Failing to make the routine play is fast becoming the Cubs’ Achilles heel: errant throws on defense coupled with an abundant lack of situational hitting sums up Chicago’s (10-11) record to this point.

Three starters – Lee, Bradley and Miles – are hitting below .200. Only one batter, Bradley, drew a walk and, just five runners reached scoring position all night – none scoring, of course.

Thankfully, it’s still early in the season and the Cubs are too talented offensively not to start hitting. But, they’re digging a grave by continuously wasting quality outings by the starting pitchers.

Marshall had his best outing of the year. Although, he could tidy up his pitch count a bit – 102 over seven innings. Volsted, on the other hand, needed just 83 tosses to get through seven.

Obviously, Marmol isn’t right. One inning, two walks, a run scored and, a blown save. Understandable, you can’t replace Marmol’s arm, but put this guy on the DL if it means he’ll get healthy.

Heilman was worse throwing the baseball, not to mention, failing to cover first on a bunt as well.

I like seeing Koyie Hill back in the lineup, he’s earned more playing time – at least while Soto is struggling. However, Hill playing third base is a liability.

Side note: The 10th inning had shades of Alex S. Gonzalez’s booted ball against Florida in the 2003 NLCS:(

Cubs steal three bases – Theriot swiping two and Soriano the other. I love it!

Soriano guns down Amezaga at second base trying to stretch a single into a double. Why do teams run on him? Why, why, why!!!

  • Notes: Cubs: (10-11) are in fifth place.
  • W: Pinto (2-0) L: Heilman (2-1)
  • 20 games is 20 days record (3-7).
  • The Cubs finished April last year at (17-10).
  • Chicago is (0-10) when scoring less than three runs.
  • Conversely, when the Cubs score four or more runs they’re (10-1).
  • When committing an error they are winless (0-8).
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