Game One Hundred Sixteen – Cubs 4 Rockies 8
Mark Prior Placed on DL – Likely Done for Season
The Cubs needed a productive night out of Angel Guzman, they had lost 3 in a row, just put one of their starting pitchers on the DL and a good outing by Guzman would have gone a long way in the psyche of the Cubs. In his third stint with the big league team this season he could not make it out of the 3rd inning and was, for lack of words, horrible. Guzman threw 68 pitches in 2 2/3 innings; only 39 were for strikes and allowed 7 runs on 9 hits. Guzman had obvious trouble throwing strikes and when he did the Rockies hit him hard.
There is no other way to spin it folks, this organization is in trouble, whether you want to admit it or not. The problems with this team are more than just too many rookies starting ballgames, the defense is bad, the offense is equally as horrible and the coaching philosophy must change. Angel Guzman was bad and we will get back to him but how many of you noticed that the Rockies just ran all night on the arms of the Cubs outfielders, no hesitation, they just ran and made it where the Cubs had to make plays, they have not all season, why would they start now? While Jacque Jones’ offensive numbers have been fine, his defense and especially his arm, is a problem and will continue to be as long as he is in right field….Jones might be better suited defensively for left.
Michael Barrett blocked ball, after ball, after ball. Guzman could not hit his spots and was incredibly wild. Of the 7 hits Guzman surrendered 4 were for extra bases. The Cubs entire pitching staff cannot throw strikes on a consistent basis, even Carlos Zambrano. When the ace of a staff is leading the league in walks, there is a problem. The Cubs inability as a team to throw strikes is beyond ridiculous.
The offense did attempt a comeback, but from 7-1 it is difficult to do, especially when a team just flat out does not hit with men on base and hits into 2 double plays on the night….4 runs on 13 hits, is just bad baseball. Every position player in the starting lineup recorded at least 1 hit. Matt Murton had a big night, was 3-4 with his 7th home run of the season, and 2 RBI’s. But again, for the 116th time, when you record only 1 walk against a pitcher that gives up free passes that is inexcusable. Isn’t anyone on this team or coaching staff reading the scouting reports?
Winning has a way to cure all of the problems that a team has, no one pays attention to the little things when they are winning, just when they are losing. Not throwing strikes, not executing the fundamentals of baseball, under 15 outfield assists all season, wild pitches, passed balls, extra outs and poor coaching usually lands a team at 20 games under .500 and that is exactly where the Cubs sit. They are closer to being the worst team in baseball, not a wild card team….things must change.
The third rookie in a row will take the hill on Sunday afternoon, how does the saying go? The third time is the charm? Well let’s hope so for the Cubs and their overworked bullpen that is the case.
Mark Prior to the DL
Mark Prior was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendonitis on Saturday. This move should come as no surprise. When Prior went to Chicago instead of Colorado, this move was inevitable. Many are speculating that Prior’s season is over. The Cubs will offer arbitration to Prior, no doubt it would be incredibly foolish not to, but one must wonder if the Mark Prior that was so successful for the Cubs will ever pitch again.