Chicago Cubs, the Bell Tolls for Thee!
I knew the Cubs were going to lose last night after I saw that they squandered a bases loaded opportunity late in the game. How can you have a guy hit a leadoff triple and not sac him home?
Aramis Ramirez, this is somehow your fault, you non-hustling weenie!
(Well, he DID end the inning, so I guess that's true.)
The Cubs left 14 men stranded yesterday, making the amazing performance by Carlos Zambrano obsolete. The Big Moose only went 9 innings, while allowing a mere 3 hits, 0 walks, and he struck out 12. His one mistake? A homer in the second inning.
I love watching Carlos play the Cardinals because he's aware of the rivalry, and he goes slightly crazy against them. I half expected him to lob a Venezuelan grenade into the Cardinals dugout, but he decided to lob unhittable pitches, instead.
And still, the Cubs squandered it.
How hard is it to win a game? Your leadoff man gets on 80% of the time last night, the pitcher gets two hits, including another double, and still the Cubs found a way to lose.
Jim Hendry needs to make a trade, like yesterday. Austin Kearns, Adam Dunn, where are you?
Or, Hendry needs to come to terms with things. He needs to accept that this team just doesn't have it. He needs to recognize that Dusty Baker brings absolutely nothing to the table. He needs to fire Dustbag's ass, trade away the excess (Burnitz, Hollandsworth, Neifi, maybe even Dempster), and give our young outfielders a chance at the bigs, so we can be ready for 2006.
And he needs to issue fines to Aramis Ramirez for dogging it on the basepaths. Right?
Ahem, anyway, you know the season has gone awry when you spend more time thinking about your fantasy league team than you do thinking about the guys who actually play the game. Right now, I'm in a fun OOTP league and I'm making a charge for the playoffs. Unfortunately, my team is at the cap limit, so I'm trying to unload one of my more expensive pitchers. Will it happen? Eh, I doubt it. Much as I doubt that the Cubs will turn things around this year. It looks like my original prediction of 78-84 will be pretty close to the mark.
The next 9 or 10 days will be very telling. Not that we don't already know. But by August 1st, we'll have a better idea about whether this team is hopelessly playing for 2005, or for 2006.