So, despite all the talk of making a stand, and calling this the "Cubs mini-playoffs" The Cubs played as if they were double parked in losing to Lucas Harrell and the Astros 3-0. The Cubs didn't hit and Fernanndo Martinez' homer would prove to be all the offense Kevin Goldstien's Astros would need. I only saw this in brief flashes between Bear plays. So why be verbose about it? Let's break like the wind.
HE'S A BERKEN, AND I'M DROWNING SLOWLY, OFF THE COAST, AND I'M HEADED NOWHERE
So this is the last of the band-aid core, at least until next year's trade deadline. Jason Berken was every bit as invisible as he's been since he arrived to take Shark's place in the rotation. 4 and 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 eared runs, 1 walk ad 2 strikeouts. Absolutely nothing stood out about this guy. Like plugging a hole with chewing gum. Thanks, here's a paycheck and good luck. Chapman, Russell, Camp and Marmol finished it up. ( Tip of the cap to Sinister urge for being a great supporter. Hope you like the title....)
WRITING A CHECK YOUR ASS CAN'T CATCH.
I gotta say, this whole fascination with "100 losses" has really gotten on my nerves. And shame on the Cubs for feeding the Bear. The players made it a goal, Sveum talked about it, and the media picked it up and ran with it. So much unnecessary garbage. Hoyer was right to say that it's just a round number and that 102 losses is just as unacceptable as 99 losses. He should have gone one step further and gone downstairs and told the team that while that's a nice goal for you to have, shut up when a microphone is in front of your face and the cameras and recorders are rolling.
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I'M BEATING A DEAD HORSE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHY IT'S BEEN BRINGING ME DOWN.
Luis Valbuena played again. And did nothing. Again. I understand I'm off on the beaten path here. It's not like Vitters has earned playing time. But Valbuena's earned a benching. And Cardenas can play a game or two. If these indeed were your "playoffs" then Valbuena doesn't earn a start.
So this is officially awful. And we now have to listen to a lot of stupid people go crazy because there's a big round number for people to exaggerate about. I, for one, hope that all this belly aching, and complaining, and laughing, ad highlighting that tickets are being sold for sofa change on StubHub makes the Cubs as nauseous as it makes me. And while next year might be another rebuilding year, that there is a winnable goal somewhere around 75 wins. Because this sucks. We say syonara to Chris Volstad tomorrow. That's good enough for me. Tomorrow's wrap will feature all "Godfather" references. And I will give you 1-5 odds that Volstad warrants a Fredo line. Until then.
How about them Bears?