Bonus for Cubs fans--the June swoon has arrived in May! The Chicago Cubs lost to San Diego today to run their record to 2-10 in May. Cubs postgame analyst, former ragged-arm lefty Dan Plesac, called it the worst performance by the Cubs in the 2006 season. Last Sunday on local TV I saw Sporting News Radio's Arnie Spanier emphatically say it was over. It's hard to disagree with that.
The ESPN game recap headline read: "Piazza, with four hits, leads Padres past sloppy Cubs". Mike Piazza is on the Padres. That's weird to me. But anyway, the Cubs threw the ball all over the place. Cedeno threw one into the dugout, wrongly thinking the ball was dead. Perez threw one away. Michael Barrett was all indignant that Dave Roberts bunted with the Pads up big. He confronted him and had words. I wish instead he had hits. He was 0-4.
Glendon Rusch looks like a really bad American League pitcher. He's afraid to throw strikes and gets behind in counts early. Anything he throws over the plate gets smoked. Rusch gave up 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Cubs brought Rusch in after Angel Guzman threw 87 pitches through only 3 innings. He walked 5. He's just not ready.
So after those 2 the Cubs proceeded to burn through 4 more pitchers--Williamson, Eyre, Howry and Dempster. 6 pitchers in total; another taxing day for the pen--188 pitches in total for Cubbie pitchers.
Baker had Mabry at first and Hairston in right. It's May so I'm not quite sure why he would let his best lefty in Walker and the heating up Jacque Jones have a day off, especially against a righty.
But what can we expect? No Prior or Wood. No DLee. Cedeno batted 3rd today and John Mabry batted 6th. Our slugging 3rd baseman is hitting .217. Halfway through May it's no longer a slow start; he's having a bad year. Our new leadoff hitter isn't much better than the last--Pierre is hitting .238, with an anemic on-base percentage of .273 and a brutal sluggin percentage of .296. Out of the 183 MLB players that qualify, Pierre is 175 in OPS. It kind of reminds you of Patterson, doesn't it? This season reminds me of last year too.