As we're six weeks into the season, it's clear the one glaring area of worry for the Cubs is the pen. Just about everything else we thought about the team is right on line. The offense is capable of serious explosions and meltdowns. After getting his reps that he would have gotten in spring training, Jon Lester has been just about what we thought. The back end of the rotation is volatile. Not a huge surprise. But the pen has been surprisingly woeful at times, and most of those times have been lately.
It's a wonder why we even bother to predict bullpens. By definition, they're the worst component of any team. After all, if you've ended up in the pen chances are you've already proven you can't do something, and that's be a starter. Sure, some go straight to the pen in the majors, but that's only if you project as a closer from jump street. Bullpens vary from one year to the next as basically their natural state of being...
You don't want to put too much into games in April, at least that's what everyone tells you. But the thing is games in April count the same amount as games in August and September. And today feels like one the Cubs definitely should have had. Not only does it feel like that , it is that. They had put up four runs on a frigid day, their starter seemed to have a rhythm going and they were 11 outs away. And then before Bullwinkle could say, "Jack Robinson!" it was gone. And in the same fashion that a couple have gotten away lately.
It stings just a little, for being April and all, as the team in the other dugout is one of the more likely one the Cubs would have to beat out for a wild card spot if that's how it goes down. Maybe even the division, you never know. If that comes to a decision by a game or two, well, you won't look back on this fondly. Then again, the Cubs will get a few they don't deserve, just like Tuesday night arguably. Still...
At least at this time, it's pretty clear where the hole is on the Cubs. And much like Vincent Vega after encountering Butch right off the toilet, it's right in the middle (relief).
Shall we get to it? That's right folks, today a Fels is doing the wrap...
Ahh, good to have ol’ Cub Baseball back. Anthony Rizzo pelting the pea all over the field, youngster Asmirendy Alcantra flying a hole in the wind………..Edwin Jackson……doing…..whatever it is he does. The Cubs started “The second half” of the season very much the way they played the first half- A very kaleptic bag of confidence... Read more »
It can go all pear shaped all too quickly. Coming off one of their better games of the year and being inspired by the first of what Cub fans hope are a train full of talented prospects. The Cubs took the field against the Atlanta Braves feeling pretty good about themselves. In fact, the Cubs... Read more »
Once again, the Cubs went to the Milton Berle “Just enough to win” theory on offense, and hid behind a very good pitching performance from Edwin Jackson and a stellar performance from the Cubs bullpen and the result was gritty gutty, glass chewing hard to get through with your eyes completely open the whole time... Read more »
Raise your hand if you checked to make sure you were watching a live baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Wasn’t Monday’s game on DVR or a game from May or 2013….. No one would forgive you if you thought you were watching a rerun of Cincinnati’s domination over the Cubs the... Read more »
Today’s answer is 5. Starlin Castro and Anthony “The Bear” Rizzo combined for 5 RBI in helping the Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 today. When the Cubs win, the answer is usually a crooked number. Today it was 5. And it all happened in the third. Bases loaded when Anthony Rizzo came up. Pirate... Read more »
Jimmy Rollins etched his name in the Philadelphia Phillies history book and everyone else celebrated by knocking Edwin jackson around like a hockey puck as the Phillies blew out the Cubs 7-3 at Citizens Bank Ballpark Saturday afternoon. The Phillies jumped on Jackson early with a Chase Utley homer in the 1st. Mike Olt would... Read more »
The Cubs traveled to Pittsburgh off a very successful home stand to face the an underachieving Pirate team. You’d like to think the Cubs would take advantage of a struggling Pirate starting staff that had to readjust their rotation thanks to an injury to Gerit Cole and was starting underwhelming Charlie Morton. You’d like to... Read more »
Maybe its because we’re under New Management and expectations are much higher. Perhaps we as a fan are concentrating so much on fundamental play that we forget to celebrate something as simple as the final score. Whatever the reason, when the final out was recorded and the Cubs had registered their second straight win over... Read more »