What’s Wrong With The Cubs????

  • Padres 7  Cubs 2

This weekend the Padres, the Padres!!!!! swept the Cubs, this should not happen.  What is wrong with the Cubs?  Their offense was supposed to be improved after adding Milton Bradley, but every hitter except a much improved Kosuke Fukudome is slumping, some hitters, especially Derrek Lee, Geovany Soto, and Bradley, never even started hitting.  The Cubs’ bullpen is a mess, it looked good on paper, and I will admit that I supported the Kevin Gregg acquisition this offseason, but the fact of the matter is, Gregg is not a closer, he throws too many strikes right over the plate, and the rest of the bullpen can’t throw strikes.  The starting rotation has been good, but they haven’t been getting run support, and it would be nice if the starters weren’t taking turns going to the DL.  The Cubs need to right the ship now.

This Day In Baseball History

1923– Ty Cobb surpasses Honus Wagner ‘s record for most runs scored in a career. The ‘Georgia Peach’ crosses the plate for the 1,741 time.

1935– At Forbes Field, Babe Ruth as a member of the Boston Braves, hits three homers and a single. The ‘Sultan of Swat’s’ seventh inning solo shot of Gary Bush, which travels over 600 feet and clears the roof, will be the Bambino’s 714th and final home run.

1937- Future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane’s career ends after being beaned with an 3-1 inside fastball thrown by Yankee hurler Bump Hadley. Near death at first, the Tiger catcher/manager will spend six weeks in the hospital and will return to the team only as its skipper.

1951– Willie Mays makes his major league debut.

1981– Carl Yastrzemski, playing in his 3,000th game, all in a Red Sox uniform, scores the deciding run in an 8-7 victory over Cleveland. The future Hall of Famer will finish his 23-year career in the majors appearing in a total of 3,308 contests for Boston.

1982– In the third inning of Chicago’s 2-1 loss to Padres, Cubs’ right-hander Fergie Jenkins whiffs shortstop Gary Templeton to record his 3,000th career strikeout. The Canadian-born hurler becomes the seventh pitcher in major league history to reach the milestone.

2005
– In a game against the Orioles, the Mariners battery consist of a pair of 42-year olds as Jamie Moyer throws to backstop Pat Borders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time in major league history that two players 42 years or older have been the starting pitcher and catcher for a team.

2008-Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez imgres.jpg
 is killed by lightning standing on a dock in western Venezuela. The 33-year-old pitcher, who was signed by the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1991, also hurled for the Devil Rays, the Red Sox, the Mets and the Brewers before being released by Milwaukee in 2006.

R.I.P. Geremi

Credit

This Day In Baseball History-www.nationalpastime.com
Geremi Gonzalez-ESPN.com


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3 comments

  1. editor@donnetempo.com

    Excellent writing! Incredible. As a Chicagoean, past wrigleyville resident I applaud your good taste in teams!

    As an editor, you have a career in print… err, I mean text.

    Jacquie Kubin, editor
    http://www.donnetempo.com

  2. goodtimes7

    You’ve got it. Everything has gone wrong at once. Lee is on and off the DL every week, though Hoffpauir has stepped in admirably, doing his best Mark DeRosa by playing multiple spots. Then there’s Ram-Ram and Big Z (who may miss a start with a suspension now).

    For once Soriano is healthy, but only hitting just above .250 and Soto and Fontenot are killing the squad. Marmol is just starting to remember where the strike zone is and if he can keep it together for another month or so I’d like to see him be the closer in the second half. Anybody that wears glasses reminiscent of Kyle Farnsworth is a bad sign, and I’m looking at you, Kevin Gregg.

    All that being said, the team is less than 5 games out. Consider that if they can gain some semblance of health and consistency in the lineup they’ll greatly improve.

    The Brewers cannot stay up all year with Suppan and Dave Freaking Bush in their rotation and Gaillardo can’t do it all alone. The Cardinals do worry me, however, because they’ve dealt with nearly as many injuries as the Cubs (Glaus, Ludwick, and Ankiel, Carpenter just coming back) and they’ve kept on rolling.

    http://ontheblack.mlblogs.com

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