I’m want to give Dale Sveum and his staff the benefit of the doubt after a (3-11) start to the season.
The troubling part, however, is the Cubs have played eerily similar to last year’s version than to the team we were promised during spring training.
The battle cry echoed from Mesa announced the Cubs would play harder, with more purpose and all around better baseball.
Instead, we’ve seen a team riddled with mental mistakes, fielding errors and lackluster performances. Mike Quade, are you still here?
Four times the Cubs have committed more or as many errors as runs scored in a game. The lineup is batting .211 with RISP and leads all of baseball having hit into 16 double plays.
And for all the hullabaloo over the spring bunting tourney the Cubs have but two sacrifice bunts to show for it. Dare I mention the bullpen?
My frustration doesn’t lie with the fact the Cubs have but three wins, it’s how they’re losing that’s irritating.
We knew wins would come at a premium this season, and we’re fully aware there’s simply not enough talent on the roster to compete. But being competitive wasn’t suppose to be the issue.
When I said the Cubs dug themselves a hole they might not climb out of following an (0-2) start, I wasn’t kidding.
But I was at least hopeful Chicago would play to its potential, make life difficult on the opposition and bring ‘better days ahead‘ to fruition.
Not. Even. Close.
To use a baseball phase that’s grossly overused and often misinterpreted, it is still early in the season, which is about all the Cubs have going for them.
So it does provide Dale Sveum and his staff enough time to right the ship, not necessarily in the win column, but certainly in the box scores.
For the sake of rebuilding I can handle a losing record, giving games away is what’s intolerable.