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Cubs Can’t Score

By bullpenbrian at 07.22.2009 6 comments.


The lack of run scoring just doesn’t make any sense.

Since June the Cubs have improved its average 38-points entering Wednesday’s game.

Yet, they’ve scored a meek two runs in two games against Philly.

With all the pop in this order there’s no excuse for the amount of quality starts wasted. And if it hasn’t come back to bite the Cubs just yet, it certainly will.

Lou says the team may need to add a bat or two by the trade deadline, but that’s highly unlikely given the club’s murky ownership.

It’s up to the players to start producing. Lou’s changed lineups, moved Soriano down in the order and taken Bradley under his wing.

Jim Hendry even went as far as firing hitting coach Gerald Perry. What more can be done from the coaching staff and front office?

Jeff Samardzija isn’t big league ready and the opposition keeps making this clear.

In his last four outings Samardzija has allowed six earned runs, walked five batters and done so in just 9.1 innings of work. Yikes!

I said Tuesday the Cubs should be happy if they can avoid a sweep at the hands of Philadelphia.

A win tomorrow is the difference between a successful 5-2 road trip and a mediocre 4-3 road swing.

Anyone up for bringing Jim Edmonds back?

  • The Cubs (47-45) are in second place.
  • W: Condray (6-2) L: Samardzija (0-1)
  • Chicago is 20-26 on the road.
  • In road series they’re 6-10-1.
  • The Cubs last won a season series against Philadelphia in 2001.
  • Wednesday the Cubs failed to draw a single walk while fanning 11 times.


  1. chappy81 says:

    They are falling apart like a lepper in warm water! Bradley definately isn’t helping, and it looks like they need pitching and hitting! Check out our blog http://doin-work.com

    • bullpenbrian says:

      For certain, the Cubs’ season to date has been frustrating offensively.

      Mainly, there’s no reason for this team to be hanging around second place with the talent on this club.

      The lack of hitting is an enigma. Not sure what I’d do if I’m Jim Hendry.

      Still a few days before the trade deadline. Maybe the Cubs make a move for another bat? We’ll see.

      Thanks for checking in.

  2. bobbygee says:

    Go Phillies. I am a Philly kid.. Two great games by “The Bums”. The Phillies are hot now but just wait. They will stink the joint out too. I understand your frustration. Bobby Gee

    • bullpenbrian says:

      I think the Phillies are being overlooked because of the Dodgers’ fast start.

      Philly, however, has better pitching than L.A., and that’s key!

      Not giving up on the Cubs yet! The season’s second half is long…Chicago is far from out of the race.

      Thanks for checking out the article!

  3. Rex Jaybels says:

    Ok, sme positives:
    1. Marmol looked fantastic. Can he put a run together, I don’t know.
    2. Harden was lights out again. That lineup is brutal and he carved them up.
    3. Marshall continues to get lefties out in huge situations.

    I wish I had some for the offense, but there is none. This lineup is a mess and there isn’t much that can be done about it.

    You’re right, a win today and the trip can still be looked at as a success.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      So the Cubs managed to get that 5-2 road trip. Whew!

      Maybe topping the Cards for first place will keep the momentum on the Cubs’ side?

      At minimum, the Cubs need four of seven on the homestand, although, another 5-2 mark would go a long way towards catching St. Louis.

      Who knows about this offense? I can’t put my finger on it either.

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