Joel Pineiro gave the Cubs a reality check.
It took just 92 pitches for the Cards’ right-hander to go the distance and shut out the Cubs. And, it didn’t appear all that difficult either.
Pineiro tossed strikes to a lineup with five starters batting .230 or less–Lee, Bradley, Fontenot, Soto, and Miles. Go figure.
Yet, despite the horrific batting averages, the Cubs have managed to win five of its last seven games. Meaning, if and when this team truly begins to hit they’ll pull away in the division.
That said, the Cubs offense is without an excuse for its poor hitting. Its mid-May, the weather is warm and the starting pitching has been terrific. So what’s the hold up?