GameCast: May 10th - Cubs vs. Brewers
Sean Marshall (0-2, 4.15 ERA) vs. Jeff Suppan (2-2, 5.68 ERA)
There is no doubt that the Cubs look really bad right now. Their ace is on the DL for having pulled a hamstring. Their star slugger dislocated his shoulder diving for a ball. Their newly-extended ace is dealing with a combination of bad luck and bad stuff. Their free agent right fielder is under-performing - as is a slew of other guys on the team. And 50% of their bullpen flat-out sucks.
In other words, the Cubs look lost. Since we all know that good teams never look as bad as the Cubs have looked in recent days, it's safe to say that the season is over. But here at GROTA we will soldier on, documenting the failed 2009 season with anger.
Actually the entire offense looks decent right now. Usually when the Cubs score 6 they will win. This wasn't the case last night as Lou apparently decided to turn to every suspect arm in his bullpen, one after the next.
The Questionable Quartet continues to look sluggish, rather than sluggerish. Neal Cotts, Dave Patton, and Chad Fox belong on another team, like maybe the Cardinals or Brewers.
Sean Marshall is due for a win and has been pitching better than we might expect from a 5th starter. (Which is good since Ryan Dempster is pitching quite a bit like a 5th starter this year.) Jeff Suppan is somebody who the Cubs have had success off of in the past.
Maybe they'll get swept, maybe they won't, but it's a moot point as the Cubs are clearly finished for the season. Oh well, wait 'til next year!