Well, that wasn’t any fun at all
Fine. No one is signed up, so I’ll do it. Thanks to TBS, I was able to see yesterday’s game, although I kind of wish I hadn’t. Again, there are more negative takeaways than positive ones, and I find that frustrating. I am having difficulty understanding this Cub team – with all the “perceived” talent they have, shouldn’t they be better than they are? Was last year a fluke? Some crazy one hit wonder to satisfy the universe and shut us up for another 108 years? Are the Cubs the musical equivalent of Paper Lace? (Yeah, you can read into that one if you want to…) Go with Dexy’s Midnight Runners if you feel more comfortable.
And to make matters worse? For me, anyway? Is the theme trip to the west coast again. I read two very interesting articles this morning about very different Joes. One on Joe Girardi, who benched Gary Sanchez and called him in for a talk about improving his fundamental defense because Girardi believes that Sanchez is costing his pitchers an extra ten pitches per game. That’s managing, folks. The other article was about Joe Maddon, who had two things to say: 1) Schwarber catches that ball he flubbed 101 out of 100 times, which is both stupid and mathematically impossible, and, by the way, he’s 0 for 1, Joe. He’s lucky it didn’t break his shin. The other thing Maddon said was that the team wasn’t having “enough fun” so he was really looking forward to the “Easy Rider” theme trip and wearing the cool new leather vests.
I’m not going to write more about that last paragraph. I think it speaks for itself. Well, except for this: one of those teams is getting better.
There were a few bright spots. Lester pitched well. Well enough to win. As Raker pointed out – Lester had to throw a lot of extra pitches thanks to shaky defense. That’s a problem. Last year, the defense was excellent. This year, there’s a slippery slope (and it’s called Left Field) and the trickle down isn’t good. Ask any Cub pitcher and I bet they say “we want Almora in CF everyday.” If you like Jay’s bat, put him in left. The occasional Schwarber bomb is not worth the K’s and E’s.
Contreras is on fire, and needs to play. Bryant needs some time off. He’s got a couple of nagging injuries and needs a little bit of rest.
The Nationals have a strong back end to that bullpen. They gave up very little and got a lot better at the deadline. Plus, they have some studs who will be back by the playoff, too. They might be good enough that even Dusty can’t muck it up.
Darling was outstanding on TBS. He’s honest and knowledgeable. I’m so NOT used to that.
Except for Adbert, who didn’t pitch yesterday, the farm is dead to me, so there’s your report.
I know. The Cubs are in first place, Sherm. Be happy. Sorry. I can’t. I WANT to see good baseball, and this team is not giving us that, and it frustrates and infuriates me. I want coaches who coach. Who teach a young team how to execute solid fundamentals of the game.