Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 11

Box Score / Video Highlights

I could sit here and type out what went wrong and what went right, but what’s the point is what should be the heading. After last nights loss, I’ve got a few things that I want an opinion on. Don’t be shy. Maybe you’ve never left a comment, but now is the time.

  • Cubs starters have an ERA of 5.91 which puts them last in all of baseball. I truly believe some of that should be chalked up to the fact that Larry Rothschild is not here anymore. People grew tired of his towel drills and things like that, but the fact remains that he’s a quality pitching coach and the staff never looked this bad under his tenure, especially not with the talent we have in that rotation.
  • Situational hitting for this team is brutal. In the leadoff spot, Cubs hitters are producing at a .485 / .535 / .631 clip and yet still rank near the middle of the pack in runs scored. Why? Because the middle of the order, particularly the 3rd spot in the order has sucked. Through 24 games, the # 3 spot has produced .236 / .257 / .302 with just 6 RBI. People always say that each season you’re going to win 60 and lose 60. It’s the other 42 that matter. I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll win the 60 that are supposed to be a given. If the middle of the order continues to suck like this, we may not.
  • Since April 16th in Colorado, Carlos Pena is hitting .071 with strikeouts in one-third of his plate appearances. Why he continues to be anywhere other than the 7th spot in the order is beyond me. The dude can’t hit. I was a Pena backer when we signed him, but I’m off the bandwagon.

I don’t know where this team goes from here. You can’t blame everything on the loss of Cashner and Wells when we see the other three starters pitch like garbage and the hitters not hitting. It’s just a bad team right now. I’m not giving up, but I’m losing hope fast.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Stephen Drew (.154 WPA)

2nd Star – Chris Young (.083 WPA)

3rd Star– Barry Enright (.076 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-1 (.750)

Joe 5-6 (.455)

Mark 2-3 (.400)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-3 (.000)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail