Browsing posts from May, 2011
The Cubs played so poorly on Memorial Day they made Houston, owners of the worst record in the NL (20-34), look good.
But that’s been the calling card of late for the Cubs, and one that’s putting them on the path to soon join Houston at the basement of the National League.
Has hit safely in 14 of last 16 games.
He’s batting .333 on the current homestand.
14 of his 29 RBI have come with two outs.
Has 11 multi-hit games…10 multi-RBI games.
Name that Cub!
I’m afraid what lies around the corner for our Cubs.
After Saturday’s 10-0 trouncing against the Pirates, a game in which the Cubs appeared genuinely disinterested and lethargic, it seems only a nightmare awaits us.
To lose consecutive games vs. Pittsburgh, during a crucial homestand, speaks volumes about the Cubs’ character. Watching it has simply been unbearable.
The fire from which they played with last season under Mike Quade has seemingly fizzled out.
There’s no will to win, no comeback mentality, no player holding his mates accountable for sorry effort, at least not publicly.
The storm for a 90-loss season is gaining steam, as are the chances for another Carlos Zambrano meltdown.
It’s difficult to write this, let alone, say it out loud. But the Pittsburgh Pirates are a better club than Chicago.
Look no further than the NL Central standing with the Pirates holding a slight one-game lead over Chicago–and it’s darn near June.
How else do we explain a (6-15) record vs. the Peg Legs since September of 2009? Six wins against the perennial basement dwellers of baseball—that’s flat out embarrassing.
The Cubs have faced an absolutely brutal home schedule this season weather wise.
The average temp for games this year at Wrigley top out in the upper 40s. Three games have already been PPD and two others shortened due to severe weather, and conditions look to improve only slightly over the weekend.
Bad weather is a lame excuse for the Cubs’ (11-14) home record, but playing games in February-like conditions doesn’t help, not in the standing or at the gate.
If wins and losses can’t be attributed to sour weather, attendance certainly can be.
The Cubs and Mets had no business playing baseball Wednesday night.
Not with severe storms predicted to hit the area between 7-9pm.
MLB, however, wasn’t fazed by the weather reports. The league wanted this game played with New York making its only visit to Wrigley Field this season.
God-forbid we suffer through a Thursday day/night double-header under clear skies.
Losing Marlon Byrd to the most unfortunate of circumstances, getting beaned in the eye, is certain to leave a void in the Cubs’ clubhouse, if for no other reason than Byrd’s durability and emotional leadership.
Replacing Byrd’s offense is no easy chore, either. His bat heated up in May hitting at a .340 clip over his last 24 games.
He also hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games, including a career best 16-game hitting streak.
All totaled, Byrd’s batting .308 with 3 HR & 11 RBI, all while starting 43 of the Cubs’ first 44 games.
The good news is the Cubs survived the day of rapture, predicted by some to have happened this past Saturday.
In the baseball world, however, Judgment Day happens to be on June 1st, serving as the great predictor of which teams are likely to make the postseason.
MLB and ESPN have together ruined Sunday Night Baseball.
I’ve totally gone numb after years of being force fed Red Sox vs. Yankees, most of which came with a side order of Joe Morgan.
I’ve seen Boston and New York battle so much in prime time that I know their clubs as well as the Cubs, even without caring to do so.
I have an idea what Sunday Night Baseball could be–what it should be–and it’s not Red Sox vs. Yankees at every given chance.
Instead, it’s a broadcast that should be reserved for games like Sunday’s match-up between Chicago and Boston. Games with great story lines, great history, and great fan appeal nation wide.
But that excitement was lost Sunday evening. It didn’t translate because, well, because it’s just another ho-hum broadcast of Red Sox baseball from Fenway Park. We saw that last week, remember?