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Cubs Lazy Against Lehr

By bullpenbrian at 08.06.2009 3 comments.

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Wow, talk a about a sorry effort.

Cards lose in New York long before the first pitch in Cincy leaving the door wide open for the NL Central lead.

Chicago, surprisingly, gives us one of its worse efforts of the season:  shutout by a kid making his second career start.

It’s not like Justin Lehr is unhittable, either. The guy never topped 87 mph on the gun all night, but the free swinging Cubs didn’t have the patience to create any offense.

That’s pitiful given the Reds are a god-awful (-94) in run differential entering the game.

Furthermore, by the numbers Harden was primed for his third win since the break. He entered the game 4-1 on the road, 5-1 in night games and 4-0 all time against Cincinnati.

None of that matters, however, when you don’t score runs!

Way too many mental mistakes outside the box, as well: Harden throwing wide of third and Soriano lazily being picked off first.

Just a bad ending on get-away-day.

You’ll settle for two of three on the road, but the lack of hustle is what’s disappointing, especially considering first place was for the taking.

And after Dusty held a closed door meeting with his players following Tuesday night’s game, the Reds’ eighth straight loss, you knew the Red Legs would play with some passion.

Sadly, the Cubs’ played roll reversal and forfeited its chance to sweep the series.

For certain, this is one of the most disappointing losses of the season, and most definitely of the second half, but it’s not worth getting bent out of shape over it either.

The Cubs are an NL best 14-6 since the break and playing its best baseball of the year.

You get an off day Thursday and then regroup in Colorado for the first of four.

Besides, getting embarrassed as a team isn’t always a bad thing.

Let’s just hope it’s the last time it happens this season.

  • The Cubs (57-49) are tied with St. Louis for first place.
  • W: Lehr (1-0) L: Harden (7-7)
  • Chicago is 3-3 on its current 10-game road swing.
  • The loss snaps a six-game winning streak against the Reds.
  • It’s been nine games since Chicago failed to hit a home run.
  • The Cubs agreed to release BJ Ryan from his minor league contract.
  • Former Cubs Mark Prior and Ryan Freel were DFA earlier this week by S.D. and K. C.
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3 Comments

  1. Rex Jaybels says:

    Big series this weekend in Colorado. That win yesterday would have been nice considering St. Louis gets Pittsburgh over the weekend.

    I actually stopped watching yesterday’s game around the seventh inning. You could just tell they were going to get nothing going.

  2. Rex Jaybels says:

    Oh and I forgot to mention that I almost turned the game off when Miles came to the plate as the games second batter.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      I’m with you, Rex. Aaron Miles was a weird signing in my opinion…too much commitment for too little production.

      He does provide some relief for guys like Theriot and Ramirez, but I’d prefer that playing time go to A. Blanco once he comes off the DL.

      I often feel MLB front offices put way too much stock in player’s experience, like the Cubs did with Miles.

      What’s wrong with giving playing time to a younger guy with talent?

      Sure, they’re worse players to have on a team than Miles, who I assume is a positive clubhouse guy, but he appears over the hill and more of a liability in the lineup.

      The catch is, the Cubs have him signed through next year. We’ll see if he makes it that far.

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