I’m calling this the Cubbie Special.
A wasted quality start, no offense and another injured player (Soto).
That’s been the story all season long.
And just when it seems the Cubs get going offensively, they poo the bed against Atlanta at home. Terrible.
More errors than runs scored sums up the afternoon.
I gave the Cubs’ offense a pass against Vasquez Tuesday, but Kawakami was let off the hook with two double plays (three total for the game) and nine men left on base.
What does it take for this team to score more runs? A million dollar question I suppose.
Tough day all around for the Cubs.
First they lose Dempster to a broken toe. Secondly, they lose a close game and a chance to make up ground on the Cardinals and Brewers.
Dempster’s injury really came out of nowhere.
The good news, however, is the DL should free up Ryan to spend more time with his ailing daughter. A much needed mental break, indeed.
After all, I can only imagine the guilt that comes from spending more time at work than with a hospitalized offspring.
With that in mind, it’s hard to fault Dempster for not exactly being the dominate pitcher he was a year ago.
The Cubs went 24-25 since losing Aramis to the DL May 9.
What’s more impressive is Chicago didn’t lose any ground in the division race, either.
They were 2.5 games back on May 8 and began Monday night’s game 2.5 back as well.
No question Aramis adds more punch to a lineup that’s on the upswing, especially considering the protection he’ll provide D-Lee batting in the three hole.
Shame on me for writing Derek Lee off earlier this season. Since May 16 Lee is batting .343 (43 total games) with 14 home runs and 38 RBI during that stretch.
Look closer at the numbers and Lee has 18 multi-hit games, 11 multi-RBI games and has also knocked in 16 runners with two outs. That’s big-time!
The Cubs are six games under .500 on the road.
Obviously, it’s not the pitching that’s put them at 13-19 away from Wrigley, but the lack of run scoring.
Entering Monday’s game, Chicago was batting 24 points lower on the road than at home.
Whatever the reasons are for not scoring, the Cubs won’t win the Central without an improved road record.