I’m Not Freaking Out, I’m Just Annoyed
I, like some others from the VFTB family, was in attendance in San Diego last night for one of the most bleh games I have ever witnessed in person. I am more interested in baseball than 95% of people in my life, and even I was bored watching this game—in person no less!
The Cubs lost 6-2 on Tuesday night due to a four-run fifth inning for Eddie Butler, knocking him out of the game and breaking the 2-2 tie. It was nice to see Kyle Schwarber send a ball into the right field bleachers, the first Schwarbomb I have witnessed in person, and honestly, Butler didn’t look too bad until that four-run fifth.
From what I could see, the young Padres starter Dinelson Lamet could throw some gas. I was seeing 96-97 mph fastballs on the stadium radar gun late into his outing. The Cubs couldn’t really figure him out save for Schwarber’s home run and some good contact from Jason Heyward.
The J-Hey/Cubs Hitting Conundrum
Last year, Heyward couldn’t hit and everyone else was killing the ball. This year, Heyward has rebounded and the rest of the Cubbies are struggling in varying degrees. At last check, Heyward is third in the All Star vote totals. Making the All Star game after the year he had last year would make for a great story, and I really hope it works out that way.
But how many All Stars do the Cubs really have? Heyward and Kris Bryant? Maybe Wade Davis and Carl Edwards, Jr.?
Carl: Our Shining Star in the Darkness
Oh Carl. I never thought a middle reliever would be the most reliable player on this Cubs squad, but here we are. He’s carrying the entire pitching staff (along with Wade Davis) by maintaining a sub-one ERA.
I don’t know if there is anything we can do to extend all of the good coming out of Edwards right now, but give him a bat or something The kid feels like the brightest part of this ball club right now.
Annoyed, Not Nervous
But I probably should be.
This Cubs team really could miss the playoffs, if they keep playing like they have been. But honestly, like I said at the top of this post, I am more annoyed than anything. I love watching baseball live, in a ballpark amidst peanut vendors and quirky fans, but I have never been more bored at a baseball game in my life than I was tonight.
To say this Cubs lineup is underwhelming is an understatement. I don’t get excited watching the team this year like I did last year, long before the playoffs, even. I catch most of the games on TV if I don’t have anything else going on, but I’m just annoyed. All last year, this team felt like must-watch television. Not so this year. I want the Cubs to be better on the field, but more than just being better, I want them to be fun.
They’re boring right now.
The Cubs finish their series against the San Diego Padres tomorrow, and Jake Arrieta will be on the mound. Then the Cubs will come home for a 10-game homestand, beginning with the Cardinals on Friday.
Here’s to hoping this team gets some pop back in the lineup, even if they continue to lose.