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Cubs Bats MIA Again as They Drop Second Straight

Unfortunately it’s an all too familiar game and result for the Cubs as they couldn’t solve Matt Cain for 8+ innings en route to a 2-1 loss in San Francisco.  Matt Garza had one of his best road outings of the year but a series of unfortunate events led to the Giants plating two runs in the 6th to erase a 1-0 Cubs lead.  With Ryan Theriot on first after a lead-off single Melky Cabrera hit a soft fly ball to Alfonso Soriano, unfortunately it was Soriano circa 2011 as he played the fly out into a single.  Soriano has played plus defense all year, but he should have had that one.  Pagan followed with a one-out infield single, then Aubrey Huff coaxed a walk on a very close 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded that Matt Garza was visibly upset with to tie the game at one.  The bad luck continued as Joaquin Arias hit a ground ball to the hole between third and short in which Castro could only get the force out at 2nd which allowed the eventual winning run to score, which coincidently was the guy who shouldn’t have been on base to begin with.  The Cubs couldn’t get anything going at the plate against Cain, their only run came off the bat of David DeJesus as he launched a 400ft plus home run to deep right center.  The Cubs only managed five hits the whole game as they didn’t get any from the 6 spot through the 9 spot in the order.  Tony Campana had his second straight solid game at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.


June 1 – 4; @ Giants – Series Preview

San Francisco Giants Logo - Giants script in front of orange stiched baseball

Finally the Cubs have a reason to feel good about themselves as they are coming off a three game sweep over the Padres.  Hopefully they use that sweep to carry some momentum across the Country and into San Francisco as  the Cubs take on the Giants in a four game set.  In order for the Cubs to be successful they need more of the patience they exhibited in the series finale against the Padres.  The deeper hitters get into counts against this very good pitching staff the better off they will be.  The Giants come into this series with the 4th best ERA in the National League at 3.38.  On the plus side the Giants have some trouble scoring runs as they are tied for 10th in NL with 204 runs.

The Cubs will miss Tim Lincecum, but that might be a bad thing as he has been probably the worst Giants starter this year.  Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain head up the 2012 rotation and the quicker the Cubs get those two out of the game the better.  As I mentioned, the Giants are struggling to score runs, a big reason is the absence of Pablo Sandoval at third, they are a much different offense without him.  The Cubs pitchers need to pound the zone and use the ballpark to their advantage, the quicker the outs the better, if they can do that I don’t think a split is out of the question.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.


And The Beat Goes On, Cubs Streak at 12

The losses are just running together at this point, add this one to the pile as the Cubs were never really in this one.  Garza came into this game awful on the road, he lived up to those expectations by tossing five horrendous innings.  He gave up six runs, five earned while walking only one (bonus!) and striking out six, he gave up three home runs.  Rafael Dolis continued his audition for the Iowa Cubs bullpen by giving up two runs on two hits with two walks without retiring a hitter.  Before the game Dale Sveum said that Dolis would no longer be the closer, not like we noticed really because when was the last time the Cubs needed a closer?  James Russell and Shawn Camp will get opportunities to close games if the situation ever arises again.  Once again the Cubs did nothing for the majority of the game with the bats until the game was decided then they went to work.  Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI’s, and that was really it.  The Cubs were only able to get four runs across the plate on seven hits.  They only managed two hits in six inning off of Cy Young candidate Erik Bedard who came into this game at 2-5 on the season.  Twelve straight losses, two more to tie the all-tim Cubs record…  have to shoot for something right?  Full box score and highlights after the jump.


May 27, 2012 Lineups

Matt Garza and the Cubs are looking to end an 11 game losing streak today as they face the Erik Bedard and Pirates today at 12:35 CT.  My bold prediction today is the Cubs will score more than two runs.

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Joe Mather, 3B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Jeff Baker, 1B
6. Reed Johnson, CF
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Koyie Hill, C
9. Matt Garza, P

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF
2. Josh Harrison, SS
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Garrett Jones, RF
7. Matt Hague, 1B
8. Michael McKenry, C
9. Erik Bedard, P

Go Cubs!!

Cubs ‘Explode’ For Four Runs, Lose Seventh Straight

Another game, another eight innings of scoreless baseball from the Cubs offense.  That is now three games in a row where the Cubs offense couldn’t score any runs from inning number one to inning number eight.  Of course the Cubs came to life in the ninth inning when the game was already decided with the Astros leading 8-0.  Hopefully the feeling of scoring runs in the ninth was something the Cubs liked and that carries over to today, because they need it.

Matt Garza was awful, can’t blame the guy, he knows if he makes one mistake the game is probably over with the way the Cubs bats are going.  But Garza made many mistakes as he only lasted three innings while giving up seven runs on five hits for his second loss of the season.  One bright spot was the work of Randy Wells out of the bullpen.  Wells went five innings, only allowing one run on three hits while saving the bullpen from any unnecessary work.  I mentioned the Cubs “exploding” for four runs, well the final score was closer than the actual game.  The Cubs put together a few hits, and got the help of a bank of lights to push across four runs in the ninth inning.  It was a good day at the plate for guys that aren’t usually in the spotlight as Koyie Hill and Adrian Cardenas each had two hits in the defeat.  Blake Lalli chipped in with his first major league hit, which scored two runs in the ninth.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.


May 21, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Astros

Well Dale Sveum promised lineup changes and he delivered!…. by sitting Barney and replacing him with Cardenas….  Not exactly the changes a lot of fans were expecting or hoping for, guess that flight from Houston gave Sveum some extra time to think about it.  Here is the full lineup as the Cubs look to Matt Garza to be the stopper tonight.

Thanks, go Cubs!
– George


May 21 – 23; @ Astros – Series Preview


Usually whenever the Astros show up on the schedule (surprised they haven’t yet) you could expect to take two out of three, maybe even sweep, that’s probably not the case right now.  For one, the Cubs are struggling, starting pitching, bullpen, offensively, you name it the Cubs are bad at it right now.  Conversely the Astros are playing well at home as evident by their 13-10 record so far this season.  If the Cubs are going to get things turned around here they are going to have to do it on the road as they are going to spend a lot of time away from the Friendly Confines.  That has not been a good thing for the Cubs as they are 6-11 on the road so far this year.  So it’s imperative that they get off to a good start on this trip and this upcoming stretch of games tonight.  In order to do so the Cubs bats are going to have to get going, and looking at the Astros pitching that might be harder than expected.  Regardless of how well the starters and bullpen pitch, or how poorly they pitch, if the Cubs can’t score they aren’t going to come out with a favorable result.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.


Bullpen Implodes Again in Loss

Seems like these kind of games are happening every other night, the Cubs play a hard-fought game only to see the bullpen come in and look more like a little league bullpen than a major league baseball one.  It started with Shawn Camp in the 8th inning, and to be fair Camp has been a pleasant surprise thus far.  But he hung a slider to Carlos Ruiz in a 2-2 game and Ruiz promptly untied it with a solo home run to left field.  Things like that happen, but what gets me is the Cubs pen handing runs to the opponent.  This time it was Scott Maine who couldn’t get the ball over the plate when the Phillies were trying to get a bunt down in the 9th inning.  Maine, who was called up to replace Lendy Castillo who has a groin issue, couldn’t get anyone out in the 9th inning before leaving the game with the bases loaded and nobody out with the Cubs trailing 3-2, still a manageable deficit.  In came Michael Bowden and out went any chance for the Cubs to win the game as Bowden gave up a two run single to Ty Wiggington and a grand slam to Hector Luna, yeah, Hector Luna hit a grand slam.  That was all she wrote for the Cubs as they fell 9-2 after entering the 8th inning tied at two.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.


May 16, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Phillies

Matt Garza faces off against Kyle Kendrick to open a two game set against the Phillies tonight at Wrigley Field.  Would be nice to get a win to kickstart this home stand and forget yesterday’s mess right away.  Here’s how the Cubs line up.

Thanks, go Cubs!
– George


May 16 – 17; vs. Phillies – Series Preview

 Philadelphia Phillies Logo - Phillies in red with a ball streaking around the script

Another two game series for the Cubs as they welcome the Philadelphia Phillies to Wrigley Field today and tomorrow.  The Cubs are coming off a good series of baseball against the Cardinals, one in which they probably should have swept.  Stop me if you have heard that before, the Cubs once again let one slip away yesterday as the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead late.  They try to bounce back against a Phillies team that is starting to play better baseball.  The Phillies just swept two games from the Astros, and have won four out of their last five games.  The Cubs get a break in game one as Vance Worley has been scratched with an elbow issue (uh oh), and will draw Kyle Kendrick instead.  Unfortunately they can’t avoid Halladay as he will pitch game two, needless to say, winning game one would go along way towards making this home stand a successful one.  What a home stand it is because after the Phillies we all know who descends upon Wrigley next….. go Cubs!  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.