14 innings pitched
0 wins 1 loss
The Cubs wasted another good pitching performance on Saturday leaving Jeff Samardzija to wait at least 1 more start for his first win of the season. The stats in the haiku are Samardzija’s, but it doesn’t get any better for the offense when you look at the big picture (however big the picture might be just a week into the season). As Carrie Muskat wrote on Cubs.com, ” It was the fourth quality start in five games for a Cubs pitcher, and the Chicago starters now have a 1.95 ERA this season (seven earned runs over 32 1/3 innings).”
But a good ERA from the pitching staff doesn’t help when the Cubs offense has scored just 8 runs in 5 games. Considering that 2 of those games were extra innings affairs (and assuming my math is correct) opposing pitchers have an ERA of 1.33 against the Cubs.
Dig a little deeper, and it gets even worse. After managing just 3 hits during Friday’s home opener, the Cubs did have 10 hits on Saturday (apparently an historic accomplishment while scoring no runs). But they left 10 runners on base and continued their RISP struggles, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. After 5 games the Cubs RISP batting average is .100 (4-for-40)
But it’s the Party of the Century, right?
Link to box score: Phillies 2, Cubs 0
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