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Cubs Can’t Buy Clutch

By bullpenbrian at 06.25.2009 Leave a comment.

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Lou’s got one thing right; the Cubs’ lineup can’t do any worse.

To this point, however, a shake-up of the batting order has been nothing short of an empty promise on Lou’s part, and that needs to change.

Piniella further added that he’s not interested in holding a team meeting. I’m fine with that decision, but falling back to the .500 marker is yet another reality check for this club.

And, if Lou isn’t going to address the team he should at least address the batting slump with some lineup changes.

Obviously, staying the course with the batting order has proven to be the wrong path. Maybe drop Soriano down to the three, bat Lee second and Milton sixth.

I’m not calling for the moves to be permanent, but just trying something new for a few games might spark the offense. If it doesn’t work, so what?

Scoring one stinking run after loading the bases three times is inexcusable, and the Cubs are now 1-for-23 with RISP through two games at Detroit.

It’s not the opposing pitchers or sparkling defensive plays keeping the Cubs from scoring, either. Chicago simply isn’t executing with men on base.

Rich Harden threw way too many pitches (109) for five innings of work. He’s also dropped his last three decisions.

Aaron Heilman was fortunate not to allow a run. Fox saved Heilman’s rear-end with two nice plays at third.

Unfortunately, with each outing Heilman is looking more like the 2008 version of Bob Howry. More than half of his inherited runners have scored, and he’s 0-4 in save opportunities.

Marmol has as many walks as innings pitched. Makes me wonder if something is wrong with him physically? Maybe it’s a mental issue, who knows?

Either way, when Carlos can’t find the plate with his slider he becomes a one-pitch pitcher. To compensate it seems he’s overthrowing his fastball, which leads to the walks as we witnessed Wednesday night.

On the bright side, seeing Sean Marshall use three pitches to retire Curtis Granderson was terrific! I love Marshall in the situational lefty role.

Losing Reed Johnson to the DL hurts. He’s been a big-time player lately.

The addition of Freel’s return from the DL is timely, but nothing of an upgrade over Reed.

Speaking of timely, thank goodness Ted Lilly goes Thursday afternoon.

Without question, he’s been the best starter on the staff while pitching his best ball when the Cubs have needed him most.

Thursday will be no exception.

  • The Cubs (34-34) are in third place.
  • W: Minor (5-1) L: Harden (4-4) S: Rodney (15)
  • Milwaukee wins, St. Louis loses, leaving the Cubs 3.5 games back.
  • Chicago is 4-8-1 in road series.
  • D-Lee’s hitting streak reaches 21-games.
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