Browsing posts from May, 2012
Below are a few photos I snapped at Wrigley Field during Wednesday’s game, including the Cubs celebration of Darwin Barney’s thrilling walk-off home run!
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Three wins in a row. How Sweep it is…
You couldn’t pick a better time for Alfonso Soriano to get hot at the plate.
With the imminent arrival of Anthony Rizzo one month away (June 24) this might be the Cubs best, and only shot, at dealing Soriano if Tom Ricketts is still willing to eat an enormous $40M of Soriano’s remaining $50M dollar contract.
That’s a lot of dough for Ricketts to swallow, but it’s also one of the most important business decision on a laundry list of moves in the name of rebuilding.
He’s started 13 games.
Been hit by a pitch 3 times.
Has but 4 walks vs. 19 strikeouts.
Knocked in 5 Go-Ahead & 4 2-out RBI.
Is batting .4oo over his last six games.
Name that Cub!
Sunday marked the seventh time in Cubs franchise history the team has lost 12-straight games.
Six of the 12 losses on the current streak have been decided by 1-run.
Andrew McCutchen’s comments following the Pirates’ 10-4 win on Sunday speaks to my post regarding the Cubs energy hog.
Losing streaks are like energy hogs. Keep bad habits long enough and they’ll eat you to death.
It’s happening to the Cubs right now. The losing streak is zapping the positive energy (what little there was to begin with) right out of the dugout.
I’m not questioning the Cubs physical effort, that’s been there. But the mental aspects are suspect, if for no other reason than the guys are trying too hard.
Not much has gone right over the last 10 days, and what did go well hardly made a difference in winning a ballgame. It’s undoubtedly taking a mental toll on the club.
The last time the Cubs lost nine straight games was May 8-18, 2002.
The skid dropped Chicago to (13-27), two wins fewer than this year’s team on the same date, and set the course for a (67-95) finish, third worst in the National League and only ahead of the 66-win Padres and woeful 56-win Brewers.
Chicago did rally to win 7 of 10 following the streak, but it wasn’t enough to save manager Don Baylor’s job.
Baylor was canned after 83-games ending his 2.5 season on the North Side and replaced by Triple-A Iowa skipper Bruce Kimm who finished out the campaign (33-45).
Jim Hendry was simultaneously promoted to general manager taking over the duties once held by team president Andy MacPhail.
It was a rough, rough time to be a Cubs fan, as is similarly the case today.
Unlike 2002, however, we know Dale Sveum won’t be fired mid-way through the season. And we can fairly assume next year’s club won’t rebound to win 21 more games and come within six outs of reaching the World Series.
But that’s okay. Hope is on the way, albeit a seemingly painful long ways away.