Joe Maddon recently said it was okay for Cubs fans to panic. Joe, I’m away ahead of you. The Cubs latest stink bomb was a 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Cubs somehow managed to draw 10 walks while scoring only 2 runs. Keep up the clutch hitting boys. After 50 games into the season their are two possibilities. Either the Cubs are underachieving, or they’re not that good. I hope they’re just underachieving.
Kyle Hendricks gave up a grand slam home run Hunter Renfroe and that was pretty much the ballgame. Jason Heyward drove in the Cubs only runs with a single in the first. If the Cubs are waiting for 2016 to show up again they’ll be disappointed. This Cubs team is something new for manager, Joe Maddon.
Maddon has generally managed, scrappy, underdog teams or young teams looking to climb the ladder. These Cubs are prohibitive favorites in their division and maybe a change of pace is in order. To begin with, Kyle Schwarber needs to go to Iowa. He’s not hitting and Zobrist’s best position at this point is left field. Zobrist needs to go out there and lead off.
Whoever hits among Ian Happ, Javy Baez, Al Almora Jr., or Addison Russell needs to be in the lineup. Get some offense. The defense has stunk anyway. Plus, versatility is nice, but offense is better.
Meanwhile, the White Sox took a 5-4 verdict over the Red Sox. It was basically a bullpen game for the White Sox with David Holmberg starting. Holmberg went 4 innings and gave up 3 runs. Mostly, Holmberg was hurt by walks, giving up 3 of them. Mookie Betts homered off Greg Infante to put the Red Sox up 4-3, but the White Sox rallied for 2 in the 7th to register the win.
Melky Cabrera was the hitting hero for the White Sox, driving in 4 runs. Melky connected for a 3 run homer in the 3rd and drove in Kevan Smith for the game winner in the 7th. With the White Sox down 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th, Yolmer Sanchez tripled to the right field corner. Kevan Smith followed with a double to the same place. Then, the biggest bone I have to pick with Ricky Renteria came into play. He (I assume it was his decision) had Adam Engle bunt. Or at least attempt to bunt. The attempt was pathetic. Melky Cabrera ultimately drove in the winning run with a two out single.
Why managers ask guys to bunt when they obviously can’t is beyond me. Engle’s technique is an indictment of the Sox system. If you expect a guy to bunt, how did he get to the big leagues and be so inept at it?
Now, after that rant, the Sox bullpen was once again outstanding and they managed to win a game without an established starting pitcher. Plus, the Sox seem to be getting just enough offense to get by.
More next time