The Chicago Cubs baseball team is not good. Yes, I know, I am very observant.
Watching this team lose five of six games to the Pirates and Reds caused the type of emotional pain normally reserved for the end of a romantic relationship. That is how bad it felt. I wanted to break up with the Cubs. But … I just can’t quit them.
I am going to ramble today. It is not going to be pretty, and it won’t be much fun. I am not very happy, and I have plenty to say.
So … here goes …
- It’s hard to get mad at Dempster. Very hard. I wasn’t happy yesterday.
- What did I say last week about Randy Wells being smoke and mirrors?
- Sizzling Starlin is a sight to be seen … sometimes. There’s one positive. See, I am still optimistic.
- And now we can begin the discussion regarding the why the heck Starlin started the year in the minors. Hindsight is 20/20.
- I love being the “Tuesday Morning Catcher.”
- Hey Derrek, you are in a CONTRACT year! Start acting like it immediately.
- Who would have thought that Lee and Ramirez would be the main reason this team is suffering so badly …
- Oh yeah, the bullpen is also to blame. Like the team overall, the bullpen is not good. There is no clearer way to say it.
- Tyler Colvin is a legitimate everyday outfielder. It is very nice to see a first-round pick producing at the major-league level. Granted, there is a long way to go, but I do like what I have seen thus far.
- Marlon Byrd is an absolute stud. Love the dude, you know, in a totally platonic way.
- Byrd leads the team in batting average, RBI and total bases. No one expected this type of offensive outburst from him.
- The JAM-MAN is getting results … except from the best two hitters on the team.
- Six of the eight regulars are batting over .300. I would say the Jam-Man is getting the results many people expected.
- Now, if Lee and Ramirez would stop doing their respective impressions of the 1990 Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith, maybe this team could start winning some games.
- If someone told me that losing out on Matt Capps to the friggin’ Nationals would be the most influential move of the Cubs offseason, I would have laughed.
- I am not laughing right now.
- I am so glad Caridad is off the DL. Oh wait, never mind.
- Justin Berg came into Saturday night’s game with a sub-3 ERA. He didn’t leave with one.
- John Grabow has a bad knee. That explains his 9.26 ERA. Either that or his fastball that could be hit by the right fielder playing in a suburban area little league right now. (No offense to current or past right fielders. Every position is important)
- Tom Gorzelanny has a 2.83 ERA and is 1-4. That is just plain wrong.
- Should I keep going?
- James Russell has the best non-closer ERA in the Cubs’ pen. James FRIGGIN Russell. Seriously, guys!
- The road trip to Philly and Texas could get really ugly for the bullpen. Baseballs like to fly out of those two stadiums. And baseballs like to fly out of the park off the Cubs pen. This is a very bad equation for Cubs fans.
- I apologize for anyone who has hurt feelings based on my rampant ramblings.
- I really hope the Cubs win 9 out of their next 10 so I can start talking about how this team will win the World Series. That kind of optimism is much more enjoyable than this kind of realism.
Remember 2007. It looked pretty bleak at the same time of the year during that season. All hope is not lost yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a base hurtling through the air at Wrigley in the very near future.
Feel free to comment on anything I said below and until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!