The Cubs continue to asphyxiate themselves on the lack of oxygen in the mile high air- not getting hits of awful pitchers, giving up runs to AAA players and perfecting the art of how not to execute a sacrifice fly. The Cubs once again got help from a higher source, as rain would delay the game in the 7th, This time, however, they continued playing, 18 forgettable outs later the Cubs would lose to the Rockies 6-0. There’s so much humor here to be found, but I find it hard to laugh. I don’t get it. The NFL replacement refs were absolutely hysterical- I couldn’t stop laughing at them. But while the Cubs lengthen their lead for this life changing 2nd pick, I find myself having the similar sensation I get when I have a tetanus shot. I just want it to end. Let’s order some sushi and not pay…
BRING IN THE TEMP.
Jason Berken took the bump tonight and wanted everyone to know that he is in no way the pitcher who threw six shutout innings in his last start. The Rockies, or whoever is passing as Rockies these days, hit Berken early and often. 9 hits led to six runs in 4 innings. There will be one more Berken start. It will be his last. Lendy Castillo pitched two innings and didn’t hurt anybody.
Instead of complaining about Joe Mather’s carbon copy of Dave Sappelt’s bone headed play of getting thrown out at 3rd before allowing a run to score from third, lemme tell you a story. My father’s best friend was a Director’s rep named Jack Gunn. His job is pretty much to entertain advertising creatives so they’ll use his director on any upcoming jobs. He decided to treat some friends by getting third row tickets to see Joe Cocker. This was the 70's, Cocker was a boozer, on pills, and often would get sick during his shows. Which is exactly what happened. Joe Cocker got sick and vomited on them during the show. Gunn got so pissed that he got the exact same tickets for the next night’s show and promised anyone that would listen that he was going to badger, frustrate and heckle Cocker till he walked off the stage. Joe Cocker wound up puking on him again. This is what went through my mind watching that asinine play. I mean seriously? How are you going to tell the press that brain farts are inexcusable when veterans like Mather duplicate inexcusable Quade-like mistakes that rookies previously made? PUH- Thetic.
GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD.
It’s lightweight to write off this season to “lack of talent” “losing all the dead weight” “starting a massive rebuild” and all the other clichés that’s been spouted by the massively ignorant. The Cubs are an unthinkable 32 games under .500 on the road. They haven’t won a single game on the road against the NL West (who house no powerhouse teams), Tonight, they got all of three hits off a struggling rookie pitcher who has an ERA over 5.30, a WHIP over 1.500, and hadn’t won since June. If you’re in it for the long haul, and you’re totally committed to the rebuild, then don’t whitewash this season to “that’s how it goes” be honest about it. And say that Dale Sveum and company have done a poor job at getting this team, even this lousy team prepared to play on the road. And they should be held accountable and expected to do better.
Every game seems to be played in the rain in front of 50 fans. The death march to the finish line continues tomorrow as Chris Volstad makes his penultimate start of the season. Jed Hoyer said beforehand that the Cubs would actively pursue starting pitching in the off-season. It was the only positive performance of the day by a Cub. Here’s to some sunshine tomorrow, in any possible way.