Browsing posts from August, 2009
I’m past emotions at this point, and apparently, so are the Cubs.
Another embarrassing loss on the West Coast has dropped Chicago seven back of St. Louis warranting nothing more than the occasional shoulder shrug and head shake–my reactions following Russell Martin’s grand slam in the sixth.
If you think everything is going the Cardinals way, you’re right.
Since the All Star break the Red Birds are 20-11, including a 16-4 stretch in the past 20 games, and they’ve also won nine of 10 during the past two weeks.
The tipping point came July 24 with the acquisition of Matt Holliday, which has since powered St. Louis to a major league best 17-7 record since his arrival.
By August 7 the Cards took sole possession of the NL Central lead and have yet to look back at the second place Cubs.
Chances are, the Cubs won’t be in the rear view mirror come September, either.
Is now a bad time to ask if you want a Chicago Cubs keychain?
Does it matter that it’s FREE?
I purchased my very own from WholsesaleKeychain.com.
An officially licensed Chicago Cubs logo decorates the top of a black leather band attached to the key ring.
The actual key ring is sturdy and nearly bend resistant, its black leather band stylish, and the slim cut makes it perfect for your pockets.
Now, if only the keychain could protect a rare Cubs lead!
As a young whippersnapper I loved listening to the West Coast games in bed.
I’d tuck my portable radio beside the pillow and will my tired body through inning after inning.
There was something special about staying up late on a school night, in particular, that made it worthwhile–win or lose.
More often than not, however, I’d drift asleep before the end of the game, only to check the final score first thing in the morning.
This evening, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I was there to the end, another blown save by Kevin Gregg.
I couldn’t care less about the Cubs being rained out Sunday.
With all the pending bumps and bruises this club could use an extra off day, even with the Pirates in town.
Instead, I was more interested in watching the fighter jets fly over the city as part of the Chicago Air & Water show.
The rain, however, cancelled out the jets too.
Meanwhile, I can’t find a reason why Jeff Baker shouldn’t become the Cubs’ everyday second baseman.
Milton Bradley batting from the 2-hole isn’t as crazy as you might think.
In fact, it’s a page Piniella is borrowing from Tony La Russa.
As White Sox manager in 1983 La Russa moved a struggling Carlton Fisk into the two-slot.
Fisk, not surprisingly, balked at the move initially. He was, after all, a power hitter use to hitting from the three, four and five hole.
The move, however, worked in Fisk’s favor. After spending the early part of the season batting below .200, the catcher rebounded to hit .289 with 26 home runs, a career high at the time.
With Fisk once again thriving at the plate the White Sox went on to win the division by 20 games.
The similarities are there with Bradley, too.
Nothing cures a losing streak like the Pirates.
The Cubs, thankfully, get Pittsburgh eight more times this season–three on the road and five more in Chicago.
Anything short of finishing 6-2 against the Buccos is unacceptable, and a weekend sweep is hugely important for keeping pace with the red-hot Cardinals, as well.
You can just feel the playoffs slipping away.
The Cards lead the Central by 4.5 games with less than 50 games to play.
And while I sat in section 209 watching Cliff Lee and the Fightin’ Phils complete a convincing three-game sweep of the Cubs, I thought about a scene from the movie Cast Away.
The Cubs better be careful with Jeff Samardzija.
It doesn’t take long for major league hitters to ruin a young pitcher’s confidence.
At some point, of course, you have to get Jeff’s feet wet as a starter, but as I’ve said all season long, this kid isn’t big league ready yet–as a starter or reliever.
That’s not Samardzija’s fault, either–he’s just 23-years-old. And so what if he needs another year of minor league seasoning under his belt.
The Cubs, however, don’t seem as patient. They’ve continuously bounced Samardzija between Triple-A and the major leagues.
I think it’s a noticeable disservice to the young man, especially rushing the guy to The Show as a reliever when you want him to start?
The Cubs are toast without Aramis Ramirez.
They can’t seem to score without him, and it’s costing them dearly in the standings.
Doesn’t matter that Ramirez won’t be fully healthy for the remainder of the season, the Cubs just need whatever he can give.
D-Lee could use the protection, Fukudome could use the leadoff spot and the starting pitching could use the support that was present with Aramis batting fifth.
Until Aramis’ return, however, we’re subject to watching the Cubs’ offense repeat its struggles from the season’s first half.
This aint May or June, mind you, so what you see is what you get…and I see the Cubs slipping worse than a rusty bicycle chain.