It's the annual "they're losing a lot of Spring training games" post
I wonder if anybody has ever gone back and worked to actually correlate Spring Training results with how the regular baseball season pans out? I know that there have been some years of epic fail on the Cubs part that turned into good seasons of baseball ('89 rings a bell).
Regardless, I'm sure most of us felt pretty good when the Cubs started the Spring undefeated. Since then, they've tanked a lot. Paul Sullivan reports that the Cubs have lost six straight and eight of their last nine, and, the sparkplug he is, Lou Piniella is not a happy old man. In fact, you could probably call him grumpy.
I'm not worried about it. Spring Training has to be taken with a grain of salt. A lot of the players getting their butts kicked are players who won't be around in April anyway. A lot of the pitchers who will be around and are getting their butts kicked aren't unleashing their best stuff right now. And a lot of the hitters who aren't hitting to save their lives are pretty likely to crank it up before the end of the month.
Anyway, at this moment the Cubs are 5-7 in the Cactus League. I'm pretty confident that they won't be 2 games under .500 by the time they travel to New York City, but however they do the only important thing is that they're healthy and ready. But sometime tomorrow I'll be taking a closer look at how players On the Bubble are doing in order to help paint a clearer picture of what the team may look like on opening day.