Thursday, May 4

Sick as a Dog

Yeah, in case you're wondering, Craig Counsell still completed the double-play.

I am queasy, ladies and gentlemen. I am ill, nauseous, morose, and of course, over-dramatic. Watching this current team play is akin to eating at the Olive Garden : it looks like the real thing, it acts like the real thing, and yet when you're finished with it, you not only feel ashamed and guilty, but you have the unstoppable urge to shit it violently from your system after contact.

It's unfortunate as we did begin the season with a lot of promise, but to watch the Cubbies sleepwalk through unexciting defeats like last night, you wonder just what this team is playing for...

Pride? Ask Aramis Ramirez and his pathetic .205 batting average.

Gold Gloves? Ask Michael Barrett, his 2 throwing errors and the 3 Diamondback stolen bases.

Personal Success? Ask Todd Walker, whose ineptitude with the bat [0-5, 7 LOB] was mirrored by the rest of the team, and our 11 men left on base.

This may all come across as harsh, but it's justified. It doesn't help matters that the Arizona Diamondbacks have OWNED us in recent memory:
- The Cubs are 6-20 vs. the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
- The Cubs have been outscored 168-88 during that time.
- Greg Maddux is 322-181 in the majors, but 1-9 vs. Arizona and 0-5 in Arizona.

Let's hope tonight's game is not more of the same.


At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Jacque Jones doubled off second by a left fielder... again. He's lucky Pagan is injured.

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

At least Cedeno is good.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger JT said...

Cedeno's new nickname might become "Bright Spot".... because that's what he is right now.

I wish I could boot Jacque Jones out of town. Fucking asshole.

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Jacque Jones finally had a rare good day at the plate, and still managed to make me very angry at him. In a game when we grounded into 3 double plays, we didn't him to run us into a 4th double play. He's done nothing so far, except for the 4 homers - that's 4, not 8, not 12, not 20, 4 homers - to win over Cubs fans. I can't wait until Pagan comes back to strip him of his starting duties. And Pierre's failure to hit in Wrigley is worrisome. Despite batting over .300 in away games, his overall avg. is .250. That means he's not hitting at Wrigley.

This was a great team when the season started. But D-Lee's injury, and Pierre and Aramis's lackluster offense have put this team in a tough spot. Our great bench has been less great, with Neifi and Hairston sharing starting duties at second, Mabry having to come in early in games to double switch, and Pagan on the shelf. No need to mention Bynum. Our great bullpen is coming into the game in the 5th or 6th inning WAY too often to be effective.

Bright spots? Cedeno. Murton (though I think he's actually struggling). Marshall. Maybe Guzman and Hill, but we'll see about that. Definitely Maddux, but he didn't have it last night, and the team let him down by not clubbing Batista out of the game early (he walked 4, and the Cubs are last in the NL in walks, and gave up a fair amount of hits).

We need to win some games. I know everyone is saying "but when Lee, and Prior and Wood are back we'll be fine," but all of those guys are gonna have some adjustment time. We're gonna want to go into their returns with better than a .500 record. If we're in 4th or 5th when we get those guys back, their returns may not matter much.

I am disgusted. Hill better pitch a heck of a game, and the offense had better come to life. Cedeno was a one man show last night.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

boooo the cubs and their 1 run on 7 hits. how do you get 7 hits and 4 walks and only 1 run??? i have no idea how many hits they had by the end of the game, but when i went to sleep they have 7 hits, 4 walks, and 1 run.


At 12:14 PM, Blogger JT said...

Yeah, they suck more than that Yanni/Phil Lesh tour planned for this fall.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger JT said...

Lazlo -

all good points, btw.


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