The New Normal--Cardinals 3 Cubs 1

Well the 2020 Cubs have been consistent. Their games have felt very similar in the first couple of weeks with the team rolling out to their best start since 1907. But like everything else in 2020, their new normal positively sucks. The Cubs have found the absolute quickest way to wash away the positive vibes to start the season, and it is losing four straight close games to the Brewers and now the Cardinals.

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The plan David Ross had for game 1 of the marathon 5 games in 3 day series was simple. That was to have Kyle Hendricks pitch the whole way through and early on it looked like that plan might work. The professor surrendered precisely one hit through 6 innings. Unfortunately that one hit was a Dexter Fowler solo shot in the third inning to give the Cardinals a 1-0 edge.

The Cubs put pressure on Cardinals starter Kwang-hyun Kim early but once again were unable to break through early. Anthony Rizzo walked with one out in the first and reached third on a Javy Baez double. Willson Contreras was put on intentionally. Ian Happ looked awful punching out and a David Bote ground out spelled the end of that frame. The Cubs put another runner into scoring position with no outs in the third inning. Kris Bryant singled and Anthony Rizzo walked to create the threat but a Baez double play ball killed the rally. Willson Contreras then lined out to Goldschmidt to end the inning.

Ian Happ led off the fourth inning with a bomb to redeem himself somewhat and tie the game again. Unfortunately that was the last base hit the Cubs baserunner of the game. It seemed like the Cubs offense might get more cracks at the Cardinals staff with the way Kyle Hendricks was pitching, but he ran out gas a little bit in the seventh and final inning.

Paul Goldschmidt led off with a double. Tyler O'Neill walked and then Matt Carpenter hit a floater into right to load the bases. Dylan Carson hit a grounder to Baez who fired to the plate to get Goldschmidt before he scored. Rowan Wick was summoned to keep the game level, but Brad Miller put a charge into one just over the outstretched glove of Albert Almora Jr. The Cubs best defensive centerfielder wasn't able to pull off his second amazing catch of the afternoon, and two runners scored on the play. Dylan Carson was thrown out trying to score but the damage had been done with the Cards now leading 3-1.

The Cubs bats were silent against the Cardinals bullpen of Jon Gant, Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller. Nico Hoerner and Albert Almora Jr. hit the ball sharply but right at infielders as the Cubs went quietly in the seventh.

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  • 7 hits total in the last 2 games. Unless the starters start throwing shutouts , that offense won’t get much done. KB, JB , and Willson have gone ice cold . Any misstep by RP costs the game since the offense has gone dormant.

  • I am convinced KB is literally not seeing the baseball as it is pitched to him.

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    He is just bad at baseball. Been this way for 4 years now. I don’t think his shoulder ever healed. He needs a new swing coach too.(i think it is his father)

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    KRIS BRYANT:
    2017 .295/.409 29HR
    2018 .272/.374 13HR (played a partial season)
    2019. .282/.382 31HR

    All star numbers. I would take 8 more of those guys.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    So are you willing to sign him to a mega year/mega money deal say like a 10yr/350 milllion contract?

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Don’t think KB or JB are worth those years or amounts. Maybe 8 yrs for 200k Max

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Just responding to your comment that "He is just bad at baseball for the last four years now". Believe me somebody will play him plenty, no doubt about that.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    In modern baseball, I cannot imagine any team giving Bryant a 10 year deal. Let alone anywhere near 10 years for $350 million.

    Arenado signed an 8 year $260 million deal. Would any team sign Bryant for that kind of deal after the 2021 season? Depends on how he plays.

    I think Bryant will get a deal closer to Jason Heyward type of money/contract 8 year for $184 million. Time will tell.

    Bryant, and the other big name Cubs need to start hitting in 2020.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    .282/.382 is real good. 31 homers in 2019 puts him in a tie for about 50th highest homer total for MLB in 2019- with 634 plate appearances.

    Bryant is a good player, but Cubs should have traded him, and a few others this past off season. I think you can replace his production, by trading him, and freeing up some payroll.

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    I believe you are right!

  • It feels like Rizzo is on base every time, but he’s sandwiched by two guys (Bryant/Baez) who are absolutely horrible at the plate right now.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Horrible is being kind. They both need time off and then they should retire. I know hitting is in streaks but this is ridiculous . Add Contreras to KB and JB . They stopped hitting after the COVID break.

  • Just figured out the Cubs hitting woes. They need to face the Cubs middle relievers.

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    Maybe that will get things back on track!

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