Game & Series Recap: Tigers 6, Cubs 5 - SWEEEEEEP
Geovany Soto tested positive for, of all things, pot use back in the spring. BIG F!_!(KING DEAL!! Unless he was baking moments before a game it would NOT have affected his play any more than drinking the night before would have. Blaming his slow start on smoking pot is flat-out ridiculous and we'll just leave it at that.
(P.S. For those wondering ... don't smoke, haven't smoked, will never smoke)
Onward to the even uglier side of things...
Either Detroit is really good or the Cubs are really terrible. Maybe it's a bit of a mix of both. But after winning 4 straight, Chicago has now lost 4 in a row. They find themselves a game under .500, 3.5 back of the division. As Jon Miller said on his show this morning, 3.5 games is basically "a good weekend," and while the Cubs haven't been getting timely hits they have at least been hitting regularly as of late.
At this point we have seen that they are capable of putting up runs, getting bit hits, winning in clusters, and out-pitching their opponents. But we've also seen that it is not the norm. Probably on Monday -- as I will be busy getting married this weekend -- I'll outline a few alternative lineups that Lou has never tried but probably should and we'll keep the debate alive.
In the meantime, guh. What an ugly series. Probably the biggest frustration on my part is the team's lack of doing something -- anything -- to fix the problems.
Current Record: 34-35
Position in the NL Central: 4th place, 3.5 games out
Best Possible Record: 127-35
Worst Possible Record: 34-128
Record needed to win 110: 76-17
On Pace For: 80-82