We lost again. Theo and Co. are getting closer and closer to the top pick of the 2013 draft, day by day, mediocre pitch by mediocre pitch.
Pitching: The Shark has been coming back down to Earth lately, and now he is 5-6 with a 4.34 ERA. Sadly, the only pitcher used last night with an ERA under 3.5 was Shawn Camp. Thankfully, he pitched a pretty solid inning.
Hitting: Individually, the guys did an OK job. And by OK, I’m judging by the standards of a team with the worst record in baseball. As a team though, it is easy to see why we are the worst team in baseball. Once people get into scoring position, nobody can get them home! The guys that can get on base are the guys who bring people home, which causes quite the dilemma when you think about it. Therefore, the only RBI last night came from a solo shot by Soto in the 4th.
Summary: At the rate we are going, we will be getting the top pick in next year’s draft and we will be the laughingstock in Boston. By the end of the season Theo will be the butt of every Bostonian baseball fan’s jokes. Heck, he may even be the butt of some Cubs diehard’s jokes. But c’mon guys, we’re rebuilding and there’s always next year!
Walk A Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes: In this case, “Someone Else” is Theo Epstein! The Cubs could bring up Anthony Rizzo on Saturday. Many people are speculating/hoping that these lineups the Dale is using will drive Theo into a rage so that he will have no choice but call up Rizzo.
Pretend for a minute that YOU are Theo Epstein and your team holds the worst record in baseball. You have called up Anthony Rizzo and he is putting up stellar numbers. You can trade anyone on the team as long as Soriano is packaged in the deal and you can acquire any player of your choice who will be a free agent this winter. What is your next move?