Small Sample Size Haiku: It's Still Early

Small Sample Size Haiku: It's Still Early
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Disappointing loss
Cubs bats not hot when needed
But it’s still early

Actually, Cubs bats weren’t exactly hot all day. But they squandered several chances to score early, feeding the RISP narrative that has haunted the team for the last two seasons. Off season changes were supposed to make things better, but we haven’t exactly seen that yet at the plate.

Tyler Matzek was not sharp pitching for the Rockies. The Cubs loaded the bases in the second on two walks and in the third after two hits and Rizzo being hit by a pitch. But they only managed to score once – on a third inning sacrifice fly from Matt Szczur. They threatened again with a walk (Soler!) and a hit to lead off the fifth, but Castro grounded into a double play to end that chance.

For the first time this season Cubs pitchers struggled. Travis Wood didn’t last 5 innings. When Brian Schlitter (brought up from Iowa to replace the injured Justin Grimm) came in to pitch the 6th, fans on Twitter expected the worst and felt vindicated when Schlitter’s second pitch turned into a Justin Morneau home run.

Edwin Jackson was brought in for a long closing stint, pitching the 7th and 8th innings. He was, surprisingly, a bright spot in the game, giving up just one hit, walking nobody and striking out two.  But the damage was already done and the Rockies remained undefeated after 4 games, beating the Cubs 5-1.

Two things to keep in mind before getting too depressed:



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