Cubs looking for a few good hitters, lose 5-0

Cubs looking for a few good hitters, lose 5-0







I went into this Cubs season with such high hopes.  It’s not that those hopes are dashed, but some re-evaluation is in order.  The Cubs 5-0 loss to the Cardinals leaves the Cubs 3.5 games behind the Cards in the National League Central.  The Cubs are now looking at holes in their starting rotation and lineup.

Jake Arrieta started and went 7 innings while allowing 4 earned runs.  Jake gave up a 2 run homer to Yadier Molina in the 2nd and another 2 run homer Matt Carpenter in the 3rd.  Overall, Arrieta wasn’t terrible.  He walked only one while giving up 7 hits.  He struck out 5.  Honestly, it doesn’t really matter how good Jake was because the offense didn’t score.

Remember when we thought the Cubs had so many good position players they couldn’t play them all?  And remember how the excess positional talent could be used to trade for pitching?  Let’s rethink that.

Kyle Schwarber is hitting .179.  If he doesn’t get it together soon, Iowa beckons.  It seems to me that when the Cubs get healthier, the move to make is send Schwarber to Iowa and put Happ in left.  Jeimer Candelario has failed to impress in limited time with the Cubs.  He’s been presented with an opportunity, albeit a small one, to make an impression with the Cubs.  The impression he’s made is he needs to go back to Iowa.

Ben Zobrist hasn’t hit, nor has Willson Contreras.  And of course, perhaps the biggest under producer has been Anthony Rizzo.  Rizzo is hitting .213, but he’s the Cub I’m least worried about.  The Cubs hitters are currently even more problematic than their starters.

Happily the White Sox defeated the Padres 9-3 to take the series 2 out of 3.  The Sox scored 8 runs in the 8th to nail down the win.  Jose Quintana was effective, but didn’t get the win.  Quintana gave up only a 3 run home run to Hunter Renfro in the 7th.  Quintana gave up 5 hits and 4 walks in 7 innings of work.  The Sox scored 8 of their 9 runs after their old nemesis, Jered Weaver had departed.

Leury Garcia continues to provide surprising pop from the center field slot.  Garcia went 2-5 to raise his average to .307.  He also drove in 2 runs.  Yolmer Sanchez added 3 hits.  Yolmer’s average is at .324.  He sure hits better than Carlos Sanchez.

The San Antonio Spurs blew a 25 point lead in route to a 113-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors.  Kawhi Leonard left the game after reinjuring his ankle.  Looks like a Warriors- Cavaliers final.  The NBA season is starting to have all the suspense of a North Korean Presidential election.

More next time





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