The Cubs got a quick lead today against the Milwaukee Brewers when David Dejesus led off the game with a home run. But 1st inning doubles by Ryan Braun and Corey Hart quickly erased that lead, gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead. And despite a Brian LaHair home run, the Cubs never recovered, losing to the Brewers for the third straight game 3-2. It was also the third straight game they had double-digit strikeouts. It was the third straight game for a lot of things- most of them bad. So, let’s dive into it and try and come out clean for a third straight time.
CAN YOU SMELL THE WOOD BURN?
Travis Wood recovered from a shaky first inning to have a really nice outing. 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 earned runs while walking 1 and striking out 6. The only other run was when Ryan Braun hit a 6th inning home run. What was impressive was of the 99 pitches Travis threw, 69 were for strikes. You like to see a pitcher still attack the zone like that after a 1st inning in which he was hit hard. Jeff Russell and Shawn Camp held the 8th down.
LIFE OF BRIAN
Good for Brian LaHair, who hit his first homerun in 31 games. LaHair’s season has gone down hill for a good two months. And for some reason, a lot of people have been going into “I told you so” mode. And I find that kind of silly. LaHair still continues to be a nice story. Getting his first chance to play at 29. No, he’s not part of the future, and even in the immediate future, he’s a spare player/bat off the bench type. That’s still good. Taking the long-term view and seeing the bigger picture means you get to enjoy the short term filter guilt free. And I for one still like to see LaHair do well.
IS EVERYTHING OKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK?
Thirty-seven strikeouts. Thirty-seven. Many of the “Oh my god why didn’t you hit that?” variety. Three straight games of double digit K’s. Is it fair to criticize James Rowson yet? The new hitting philosophy isn’t really coming into focus. You let some of the K’s pass. Brett Jackson saw a strike 3 today that was at his ankles. Nothing you can do. But this is more than rookies struggling with their approach. This is a team wide thing going on. Shouldn’t some of the blame go higher than the players?
Well, the Cubs have a day off tomorrow, and then will have a weekend series against the Rockies in a pivotal 2nd draft pick showdown. Hopefully, the team uses this series to correct some of the bad habits they got into in Milwaukee. There were winnable games in this series and the team didn’t look interested in finding ways to win them. And while I view this season as one huge extended spring training, it’s ok to teach all these rookies, that it’s OK, even expected, that you get pissed off when you lose.
Enjoy the day off. We’ll see you here Friday afternoon.