Not much of anything has gone right for the Cubs this season, and Monday night looks to be no exception.
The Brewers come to town with the major’s best road record since August 5 (17-5) and are winners of three straight having swept Cincinnati over the weekend to trim its Magic No. to 4.They’ve also won six straight games against Chicago, badly outscoring the Cubs 23-12.
To make matter worse, Casey Coleman (2-8, 7.06 ERA) who hasn’t won in five starts, toes the rubber for Chicago. And the Brewers have flat worn this guy out in 2011.
Ryan Bruan is 7-for-10 vs. Coleman, including a HR and two doubles. Corey Hart is 5-for-7 with a HR against him. Then sandwich in Prince Fielder and Cubs-killer, Casey McGehee, and it appears to be another short night for Coleman, at least on paper.
If there’s a lone bright spot at all for the Cubs it’s seeing if Starlin Castro can extend his consecutive games streak of reaching base safely to 32.
Woody English had two such streaks as a Cubs SS dating way back to 1929, a 34-game run, and another the following season of 32 consecutive games in 1930.
Otherwise, I’d settle for just seeing the Cubs drive in a run with runners in scoring position. How’s that for finishing the season strong?