Game Recap - Mutts 4, Us nil
The Good: Big Z lowered his ERA two more points! 2 earnies in 6 innings, 116 pitches, 9 Ks. The last two outings, he has 11 innings pitched, and it has taken him 239 pitches. That means more bullpen. But he certainly did not deserve to lose.
Also: Jeff Gray - 1 inning of scoreless ball.
The Ugly: we only got 3 guys in scoring position tonight. One of them, Fontenot, got picked off by Hank White. The second, Three Finger Hill, could not manage tagging up and advancing to third on a slicing fly that Jason Bay had to bang into the wall to handle.
Also: Grabow. All of you who said we overpaid for him, line up and take your whacks at me. Mea culpa.
The Bad: look. Every year we have this argument. I start saying "it is no longer early" and the rest of you, like Sayers40 for example, say "it is still early".
I am willing to admit that I am no General Manager. I thought signing Grabow was a good thing. I also thought signing Fukudome was a good thing. If you want to rip on me for being a poor judge of talent, fine. I deserve it.
However, I have been watching shittty Cubs baseball for over 40 years now, and I am telling you all, it is no longer early. This offense, the one that is last in the league in average? This is the best it can do. This is what it has done ever since Ramirez dislocated his shoulder last June. This is not a slow start. This is a trend. This team cannot hit.
And what is worse, there is NOTHING that anyone is going to do about it. The only hope we have is for these guys to pull a 180 and do things differently than they have done the past 140 games or so.
And lemme tell you guys, baseball clubs just don't simply do 180s.
This team sucks.