Last night, the Cubs predictably lost yet another game. Though this time they didn’t blow a lead in the late innings.
The bullpen failed to keep the Cubs in the game as the offense could muster only one run. One measly run.
Say what you want about the bullpen’s inability to pitch. In fact, you could say a lot of things. A lot of negative things. Say what you want about Jeff Samardzija’s inability to get anyone out. Whatever you say is completely vailid, because it’s a reality.
I’ll tell you what. I’m not going to drone on about the Cubs’ problems last night because they’re the same problems they’ve had all along. They’ll get a great outing from a starting pitcher, won’t score any runs for him, and then the bullpen will either give up the small lead, or won’t be able to keep the Cubs in the game.
You know it’s bad when I’d rather watch LeBron beat up on the Bulls than watch the Cubs. And I HATE the NBA. But the Bulls game was much closer for awhile before the Cavs pulled away.
WGN Radio has made a few changes lately. If you haven’t heard, they cancelled Sports Central and replaced it with a topical talk show when the Cubs, Hawks, or Northwestern aren’t playing. The one change I do enjoy, though, is the new Cubs postgame show. In the past, it was either Judd Sirott or Pat Hughes who would go over the highlights, play Lou’s press conference, and then get off the air.
Now, David Kaplan will play the highlights and take callers about the game, something he used to do only for day games and weekend games. I like the idea because it gives Cubs fans a chance to have their voices heard on WGN now that Sports Central has gone.
One of my favorite things to do now, is go out to my mancave (OK it’s just the garage, but it’s as close as I get!), light up a cigar, crack open a cold one, and listen to Kaplan take callers. It really is kind of funny to hear people who think the world is coming to an end because the Cubs lost one game.
The first caller to last night’s postgame show sounded like he was ready to march on Wrigley Field with a pitchfork and take it down himself. It’s kind of comical to hear these people voice the same concerns over and over again.
Besides the callers, Kaplan has great insight into the Cubs and what he thinks they should do.
By the way, remember that Castro kid who hit .429 or so during Spring Training? I think it might be time to give him a shot, or at least move him up to AAA since he’s hitting .357 at AA.
I know it’s only 13 games into the season, and plenty could turn around between now and September, but if things continue as they are now, the Cubs won’t finish above .500, let alone atop the division.