The Cubs dropped another series, but we kind of expected this against the current (surprise!) best team in the majors. Trust me, you didn't expect that at the beginning of the season either, and that's why they play the games. Unfortunately, the Cubs are pretty bad as somewhat expected and currently sport the worst record in the majors. That is somewhat good news for the future-lookers, as that means the Cubs are in the pole position for the top pick in the 2015 draft, and it seems that there are a plethora of interesting names to grab with that pick if the Cubs can out-fail the Astros.
Anyway, enough draft-watching, let's get to the games already...
Cubs vs. Giants
Monday, May 26 - Cubs 8, Giants 4
We already recapped this here and have some highlights for you here, but it bears repeating that Jeff Samardzija will not go winless this season. Samardzija wasn't as sharp as he usually was, but did rack up ten strikeouts, and technically had a quality start even though the unearned run was directly his fault. Still, wonderful to see the bats wake up against not-Matt Cain and give Samardzija the run support he had been missing the entire season!
Tuesday, May 27 - Cubs 0, Giants 4
Jake Arrieta only gave up seven hits. I say "only" because none of those should have been hits if the gods were benevolent...
Hits off Arrieta...GB, GB, GB, line drive (Morse double), infield hit, infield hit, bloop. #BABIP
— Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) May 28, 2014
See? BABIP hates the Cubs. It also didn't help that Tim Hudson was in vintage mode against a struggling offense. And thus the Cubs lost due to a combination of BABIP smite and offensive futility.
Wednesday, May 28 - Cubs 0, Giants 5
Edwin Jackson had a much better start than his final line suggested, with nine strikeouts across his 5.1 innings. He threw too many pitches and was taken out of the game, and that was the beginning of the end. Once again, there was terrible BABIP luck as several hard-hit balls went for outs against the Cubs; the Cubs wouldn't break up the no-hitter until the seventh inning when John Baker (!!!) singled against Jeremy Affeldt. As for poor Edwin, the two inherited runners scored after he left the game and were charged to him, which is unfair.
Let's preface this by saying that I am aware that you can't just pitch Neil Ramirez all the time. Every now and then, yes, you have to throw James Russell and Brian Schlitter. Guess who gave up the inherited runs? Feh. Anyway...at least the Cubs didn't get no-hit!
Looking ahead: Cubs vs. Brewers
The Cubs have an off-day on Thursday before heading to Milwaukee for the weekend, which gives me an excuse to post this again:
Let us hope that the Cubs can kick their teeth in as they visit Mil-lee-wok-kay, which is Algonquin for "The Good Land."
Sunday, June 1
1:10 PM Central
Jeff Samardzija vs. Kyle Lohse
TV = WGN