Game Recap: Reds 10, Cubs 2, Slide Continues
Right now, I don't even want to look at the Cubs. I just don't want to think about them, not until they start winning again.
So, instead of talking about last night's game and how incredibly depressing it was, I'm going to look at two lines in particular. That of Ted Lilly and Jon Lieber.
Jon Lieber: 39.2 IP, 8 ER, 1.82 ERA
Ted Lilly: 159 IP, 4.02 ERA.
That would be the seasonal lines of Lilly and Lieber if they'd never faced the Reds this year. Lieber has surrendered 16 hits to the Reds in his work, 8 of which could not be contained by the ballpark. He's only given up 2 homeruns to non-Cincinnati teams. I almost smell a conspiracy here.
While last night's loss was certainly another blow to the confidence of Cub fans everywhere, considering the way the Reds destroy Lieber and Lilly, it seems as though it was a perfect storm of pain. Now, here's the thing - the Cubs bench coach Alan Trammall has an important job. Part of that job is knowing the splits and numbers of his players against their opponents. Alan needs to pull aside Lou and say "so, uh, about Jon Lieber and the Reds ..." because, like Lou's addiction to Howry, he seems to derrive pleasure in watching Liebs get hammered.
Anyway, I have a very, very strong feeling that we're going to see one of two things tonight. We will see a) an easy, reassurring Cubs victory or b) Lou Piniella go temporarly insane on the baseball field. Something will give.