The Cubs are on the brink of slumping to depths the 2011 team never sank to–losing nine straight games.
Mike Quade’s club lost a season-high eight straight in early June, but also had five more wins at this point last year.
Chicago’s 15 wins ties Minnesota & Colorado for the fewest in baseball. The Cubs .349 winning percentage, however, ranks dead last in the majors.
Granted the Cubs have a lengthy injury list, but the lack of overall talent has been exposed badly in May.
You could circle any number of games during this awful stretch as the season’s low point. But the lineup looked worse than ever Tuesday night.
Starlin clearly had his worst offensive game of the season setting a new career-high with four strikeouts.
Soriano went deep, but had another costly at-bat in the clutch, and the team stranded 13 runners on base in a one-run loss. I could go on, of course…
All the above is especially tough to swallow given Travis Wood put together a strong outing and the Astros were victorious on just four total hits.
Regardless of whether or not Tuesday’s game was the worst performance by the Cubs in 2012, the growing number of problems are worrisome.
There’s no real fix to an inept lineup, including the addition of Anthony Rizzo, which appears closer to reality with each passing game.
The bullpen is a tattered mess and the rotation is under tremendous pressure to pitch lights-out because they receive virtually zero run support.
Did I mention spotty defense?
Just passed the 1/4 pole the Cubs are on pace for a 100-loss season, even worse than Quade’s (71-91) record.
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.”
I understand it’s a rebuilding year, but the Cubs are quickly veering off course in the wrong direction.
March 5: “As much as we want to believe this year is different, if for no other reason than Theo/Jed & Sveum, there’s no telling until the Cubs take the field one month from now. And even then we’re only expecting the Cubs to be marginally better than in 2011.”
Sveum and his staff are losing time to salvage the season, and I’m not talking about being competitive, I mean avoiding a worse record than last year.