There are only six more games remaining and if the Cubs are to avoid hitting the century mark in loses, they must win four of their next six to finish the 2012 campaign on a somewhat positive note. But they’ll actually have to figure out how to win both on the road out west and in general as Chicago has dropped nine of its last 10.
After their recent sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies this past week in Denver, the Cubs have failed to record one win to NL West opponents. They are 0-16 to the division and, lucky for them, they finish their 2012 road trip in Phoenix before they host the worst team in baseball in the final series of the regular season. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll get one win against a west foe.
With the Cubs 59-97 on the year, it’s hard to even view them from a professional standpoint as a professional team. Not only the way they play, but the names of guys that come up late in games to pinch-hit and come out of the bullpen, people looking in from the outside would probably think this is a Triple-A squad.
They can’t pitch very well and, obviously, losing five straight, – and counting – which includes another sweep to the NL West, they can’t hit either. As a team, Chicago ranks near the bottom in all major offensive categories in the league.
What makes this season so difficult to try and forget is the fact that 2013 might not be much better. The prospects that are supposed to carry this franchise to the Promised Land do not look capable of the task in their early outings in the big leagues as they appear unable to even hit a beach ball off a tee.
But the real annoying fact of the matter is that Colorado is not a strong team either. In fact, they are just a few games better than the Cubs, yet they had Chicago’s number the entire time in their weekday set.
Luckily for fans, and more so the media, the series opener was called after seven due to rain. No reason to keep the five devoted fans from each city and the hardworking media personnel up late to get highlights for irrelevant teams. Aside from a three-run first, the Cubs could not keep up with the Rockies who scored a run or more from the second-inning through the sixth, compiling ten runs in those five-innings before play was suspended.
Game two was more of the same lack of offensive production as the Cubs were shut out and limited to just five hits on the evening.
If any one actually put themselves through the opener, they probably wondered is there a worse starter than Chris Rusin, who was charged with six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. Well, if they had watched the series finale they would’ve seen Chris Volstad go three innings before his day was over after allowing seven earned runs—which including two home runs.
I get that both Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija are not pitching anymore this season, but our backup plan for the rotation is a disaster. It’s scary to have no clue who will be in this rotation moving forward. Any team that wants to not only compete for a division, but a World Series championship, the core of the team needs to be built around a solid, strong rotation. As is the case in Washington D.C.
The Cubs have a lot of issues to address this off-season and it will be interesting to see how those issues are resolved. But until the season actually and finally comes to a conclusion, we can’t expect answers to our questions.
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