Cubs Anchorman trip not funny so far


Well Cubs fans, I keep hearing  that it’s early in the season, and the Cubs will come around.  It’s not that early and I’m not so sure all the Cubs will come around.  I say this after a couple of more Cubs losses in LA.  The Cubs were shut out 4-0 Friday night and 5-0 Saturday.  Besides that not scoring thing, there are some other worrisome trends.

Jake Arrieta isn’t dominant anymore.  I’m not sure he’s even a good third starter at this point.  It would be a good idea for the Cubs  to hedge their bets.  After all, Arrieta’s ERA is nearly 5.00 and his arrow has been pointing down since the last half of 2016.

John Lackey has also been ineffective recently.  After Saturday’s start, his ERA sits at 5.18.  That leaves the Cubs with two effective starters, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks and one slot being filled by Eddie Butler.  That’s not confidence inspiring.

It’s also possible we overestimated some of the Cubs young position players.  Addison Russell looks terrible right now.  I think he’ll get over it, but I’m not sure.  I’m even more concerned about Kyle Schwarber.  Kyle got a lot of mileage out of a small sample size.  I doubt you could get an Andrew Miller for him now.  It’s amazing how fast a player can lose value.

Willson Contreras looks like he’ll be good, but so did Geovany Soto.  Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr will probably be okay, especially Happ.  Still, the only real proven commodities among the Cubs positional players are Bryant, Rizzo and Zobrist.

This Cubs road trip has an Anchorman theme to it.  That seems appropriate.  So far the Cubs slow start is kind of a big deal.

Somebody needs to be sent for some pitching.  Soon.

The White Sox are the verge of  posting a DNR sign on the 2017 season.  In the meantime, they’re still showing the occasional spasm of life.  After discussing Tyler Danish’s nickname Friday, Danish went out and picked up a win the first game of the Sox doubleheader against the Tigers Saturday.  Danish went 5 innings in the Sox 3-0 shutout of the Tigers.  Danish walked 6 and Sox relievers walked 3 more, but the Tigers still couldn’t dent home plate.  The Sox are getting awesome production out of a mostly no name pen.

The Sox lost game two by a score of 4-3.  The Sox scored 3 in the 9th.  Yolmer Sanchez’s 2 run triple was the big blow.  With Sanchez and third and one out, Todd Frazier struck out in a situation that screamed for contact.  The Red Sox are rumored to have an interest in Frazier.  With Matt Davidson on the roster, the Sox could spare Frazier.

Earlier in this season I was on Avisail Garcia’s case.  His bat shut me up.  Later I was riding Mike Pelfrey hard.  Pelfrey picked up the win Friday night in the Sox 8-2 win over the Tigers.  Pelfrey went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned.  Pelfrey somehow managed to strike out 7 Tigers.  The win upped Pelfrey’s record to 2-4 and lowered his ERA to 4.41.  That’s not great, but it’s not terrible for a back of the rotation starter.

More next time.

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