Not a whole lot has changed for the Chicago Cubs since we last blogged. The team is still in the cellar of the Central division and things don’t look like they will be turning around any time soon. With a 15-28 season record, the club finds themselves nine games out of the division. Heck, even my sports betting site account is over .500 this season. Can’t say that about the Cubs and I’m pretty sure we won’t be seeing a .500 record for quite a while.
I can’t wait until June gets here. I fully expect to see a couple guys from the Triple A roster get invited up to the big league club. Anthony Rizzo continues to hammer the ball at Triple-A Iowa and Brett Jackson has had a good season as well. It’s time to move LaHair to a different position and also find room in the outfield for Jackson. It’s been fun watching the younger guys out there and Rizzo and Jackson are the next two that should be given the chance.
I was glad that Kerry Wood was able to retire as a Cub. He meant so much to the city and to the Cubs organization that Kerry needed to walk off the mound wearing a Cubs uniform. How fitting it was to see him strike out his last batter and then see his son run up to him from the dugout. Wood and his family have been class acts and we wish them all the best.
In closing, there’s a lot of baseball to be played, but I just don’t see this team being able to get a long winning streak going. It’s called rebuilding for a reason and there are rough patches along the way. I like the way that Theo and Jed are doing things with the organization, we as fans just have to recognize that it’s going to be a couple of years at least before we see the Cubs contending.
Five games into the 2012 season and the Cubs are 1-4 and sitting in the cellar of the central division 3.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals who have gotten off to a 5-1 start even with out Albert Pujols. The team is in a rebuilding process but the way they have been losing is very frustrating for every Cubs fan. Plain and simple the bullpen STINKS.
You would think having Kerry Wood in the eighth inning and Carlos Marmol in the ninth inning they Cubs would be in good shape if they have the lead late in the game. However that has not been the case as both pitchers have sucked in the teams first five games. A blown save by both players have Cubs fans saying here we go again. Things don’t look bright out of the bullpen as all the guys are young and haven’t had much experience.
One thing I’d like to see happen is come up with a set lineup on offense. Stop plugging guys in here and there and set a damn lineup. Use your bench in the late innings with good subs (replace Soriano for defense) etc but don’t start guys once or twice a week for the hell of it. Set the line up depending on lefty/righty pitching and go with it.
We will have to see how the team responds against the Brewers today. Ryan Dempster will be getting the start and he needs to stop the bleeding and have a good outing. Your number one pitcher should be capable of that. The team could really use a win as they are heading into a tough part of the schedule and they could easily find themselves with a 2-10 record before they even know what hit them.
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So I really did try to think of something positive to say in this blog update but I could not find one positive thing that is going right for the Chicago Cubs. Defense, offense, pitching, everything absolutely sucks and you might as well be call this team the laughable losers. Dumb errors, terrible hitting, and costly wild pitches has this years Cubs and also their fans pulling their hair out. (If you actually have any left 2.5 months into this season)
This team might as well put a fork in the 2010 season in my opinion. There are rumors that Aramis Ramirez is breaking up the clubhouse and not even wanting to suit up as he sits on the disabled list. (A move that should have happened a month ago). You have the pitchers wondering when in the hell the offense is going to start hitting the ball instead of a bunch of single A players. Sorry pitchers, but these bats are cold and they are going to remain cold. Enjoy trying to win games when you only have one or two runs on the scoreboard.
Before to long, you are going to have players wondering if they are going to get traded as the team slides down in the standings. Yes I’m talking about Derrek Lee (please waive that no-trade clause), Kosuke Fukudome, Tom Gorzelanny and Ryan Theriot. This could be the year that the Cubs and new management change the team and start building for the future once again. Because 2010 is not the Cubs year.
How much blame can you put on Lou Piniella? If you ask me a lot. If it is true that Aramis Ramirez and some of the other Latin players are in one group int he locker room and all the other guys in another group you have lose your clubhouse. If the club house is not one team, then you can not expect to win games. That all falls back on the manger and I have a feeling that Lou is just playing through the season before he leaves the city and says “Keep on Waiting Cubs Fans”.
So Cubs fans, is the season over before the All-Star break? I’ve already gave in for the most part. Who’s with me?
The Cubs were four outs away from a winning home stand to start the 2010 season at Wrigley Field but the Houston Astros and Geoff Blum had other ideas. Blum singled off Cubs closer Carlos Marmol in the eighth inning and the Astros scored the game winning run in the 10th inning on a sac fly to beat the Cubs 3-2. The one run loss was the second in as many games for the Cubs and it also spoiled a marvelous outing by Ryan Dempster who pitched into the eighth inning.
After the game Lou said that he would once again tinker with the line up and try to get a little spark in the offense. One guy that needs to start swinging the bat better is Aramis Ramirez. If you remember back in spring training, Ramirez said he only needed ten at bats to get ready for the season and it wasn’t a big deal with him missing time due to the sore arm. Well it looks like A-Ram could have used some more at bats down in Arizona as he is swinging the bat like a girl right now.
Alfonso Soriano is another guy that needs to get on base more often. Only expect Soriano to play seven innings during close games and Lou has been pulling him late in games and inserting Tyler Colvin in for defensive purposes. I find it funny that now Soriano says he will stop the hop before catching a ball. Hmm, why did you even start that Sori?
Now the Cubs will go on a week long road trip with stops in New York City and Milwaukee. These are all in win-able games for the Cubs so hopefully we can see a 5-2 road trip or similar.