Cubs 1, Cardinals 5
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- The second tier of bullpen arms we ran out there pitched three innings of shutout ball. It’s nice to see performances like that from guys that aren’t considered our go to guys in the back innings.
- For people who clamor for the kids to play over the high priced vets, for the most part you got your wish today. With the exception of Carlos Pena and Kosuke Fukudome, the lineup was littered with rugrats still trying to carve their place in this league….and we scored 1 run.
- The WGN America feed went out for over 30 minutes. I put this in this section because of how bad the team played.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Lance Berkman absolutely crushed a ball into the right-center field seats to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. at that point, I really felt like it was over.
- Jamie Garcia owned our hitters and fed them their hats for lunch all night long. Eight innings of one run ball with eight strikeouts.
- Darwin Barney went 0-for-4, bringing his line to .194 / .200 / .258 since May 18th.
I’m a little distraught right now. I pulled up the Sun Times website and noticed a few things that I don’t understand. The headline on the loss from last night is Cubs’ fourth straight loss raises heat on Mike Quade. What bothers me is the fact that Q continues with the happy answers. We’ve gotten to a point in sports or life in general where we’re afraid to tell the truth because it’s not all that politically correct and may hurt someone’s feelings. The other night, Quade was asked about the Zambrano bat breakage. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with it, but HE did. When asked if he talked about it with Zambrano, he said no and that he wasn’t going to. WHY NOT?!?!?! Be a manager for crying out loud and lead the team.
The other story is on the Cubs debt structure according to a source with knowledge of the issue.
A source with first-hand knowledge of the Cubs’ purchase deal and debt structure says it involves enough annual burden that fans shouldn’t count on the Cubs going after any big free agents for two or three years.
That’s consistent with the message chairman Tom Ricketts has pounded for the past year and a half — emphasizing the importance of player development in select speaking environments but shying away from less controlled media interviews.
I don’t believe in that in it’s entirety, but I do believe that the youth movement is one that this team really should try. Whether we’re forced to try it is a different story. It’s not going to be fun, but it may be necessary to change the culture in this town.
I know it’s frustrating to watch day after day. In fact, maybe you’re at the point where you’re not watching much at all. No matter what, don’t let that deter you from talking about the Cubs here with us. We watch so you don’t have to. We’ll try it again today. All we can do is keep lacing up the spikes and trying not to embarrass ourselves.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Jamie Garcia (.199 WPA)
2nd Star – Lance Berkman (.166 WPA)
3rd Star – Lou Montanez (.075 WPA)