The NL Central is a race of who can get healthy first.
Cellar dwellers Pittsburgh and Houston have five players each on the DL.
The Cubs and Cards each have four players on the training table. Cincinnati is missing three and Milwaukee two (Mike Cameron is serving a suspencion).
The many injuries have seemingly leveled the talent field and smushed the Central standings into a five-game separation from first (Milwaukee) to worst (Houston).
There’s not been a better time this season for Chicago to kick its opponents while they’re down.
However, when your starting pitching posts an ERA of less than one-run during an eight-game road trip, you have to be better than 4-4.
Keep losing games 2-1 and the Cubs’ rotation will eventually try too hard to be perfect. That’s big-time counter productive.
Are the Cubs really this bad at scoring runs? Seriously.
For certain, the situational hitting has been atrocious: double plays, missed bunt attempts, and swinging at pitches out of the strike zone pretty much sums it up.
Scoring two runs in two games against Wandy Rodriguez and Russ Ortiz is simply pitiful. There’s no blaming a single batter either, the lineup as a whole is at fault.
How can the Cubs justify opening a nine-game home stand without Jake Fox on the roster?
Forget about where the guy will play, and forget about his inabilities playing defense, the Cubs need run production more than anything else. Get this guy up from Triple-A and into the starting lineup!
The Twins series will be a good measuring stick for the Cubs. Minnesota is two games under .500 and 9-2o on the road.
If Chicago loses this series on the heels of dropping two of three against last place Houston, we’ll know some big changes need to be in store for this club.
- Cubs (29-28) are in fourth place.
- W: Fulchino (2-1) L: Ascanio (0-1)
- Six of the eight games during the road trip were decided by one run.
- The Cubs starters lasted at least six innings in all eight games.
- The rotation has a major league best 36 quality starts.
- Chicago’s bullpen has thrown the fewest innings in the majors.
- Blanco’s fielding miscue drops the Cubs record to 6-19 when committing an error.