(Note: Sorry about no Brunch today. I actually wrote it. but was unhappy with it's incredibly negative tone. Wasn't making the point I wanted to make. Gonna edit and re-work it till it's something I like and something I think you'll enjoy. Look for a "Tuesdays with Felzzy" this week…)
The Cubs followed up their brief moment of happy baseball by quickly down shifting into overmatched, slow bad baseball in getting throttled by the Cincinnati Reds 8-2. Carlos Villanueva started off well but soon found his stuff flatter than Herman Munster's head. And the Reds were more than happy to pound CV's weak stuff all over the field, getting three runs off of the Moose-stache in the 4th and two more in the 5th. Meanwhile, the Cubs played a giant game of whac-a-mole, trying to get that elusive hit with runners in scoring position. It was a futile chase, with the Cubs only getting 2 runs despite having 11 hits. Game over, get out of here before the Seagulls start loosening their belts.
SINCE I DONT SMOKE, I DECIDED TO GROW A MUSTACHE- BETTER FOR THE HEALTH
Kinda running out of "Well Carlos didn't get enough time to stretch out in Spring training…" excuses for Carlos Villavueva. He's had five starts. He shouldn't be that hittable second trip through the order. But there it was…The killer was that it was the bottom of the Reds order that did all the damage. Ryan Ludwick, Devan Morosco, and Zack Cosart were 8 for 13. Heck even Homer Bailey got an RBI hit. Wesley Wright came in and bailed out Villanueva and had a solid inning himself. Jose Veras, who Manager Rick Renteria said he would like to see regain the closer role, was just awful in the 7th allowing three runs on two home runs, including one by Zack Cosart, who hadn't homered this year. Everyday Grimmy and Everyday Jimmy closed out the game with scoreless innings.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, THE KIND THAT NEVER KNOCK.
The Cubs came into the game hitting .197 with runners in scoring position. They wound up going 3 for 14 today. ARRRRGHHHHHGGH. Different manager, different different hitting coach…..yet same results. What's constant theme? Oh, right, same hitters.
BEEF. YES. ROAST BEEF. IT IS THE SWEDISH TERM FOR BEEF THAT IS ROASTED.
Wellington Castillo seems to cruise under the spotlight that is constantly on Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. But he did not have his best game. Perhaps he was distracted by Billy hamilton being on base. But Castillo came up twice with runners in scoring position, once with the bases loaded and came up goose eggs. The bar isn't set as high for Castillo as Rizzo and Castro, as Castillo has been doing more than his share behind the plate. But he can hit. He has the highlight hit of the year so far with that home run against the Cardinals. He needs to deliver. .231 isn't acceptable.
So the Cub-coaster jerked us down just as quickly as it brought us up. No rest for the wicked though, as the Diamondbacks come calling tomorrow, with long haired freaky person Bronson Arroyo taking the mound against Travis Wood. Last year, the Cubs had great success against the NL west. Hopefully that carries over. Onwards.