Yesterday, I analyzed the upcoming Cubs-Padres game based on the two pitchers. You can never predict what is going to happen, but I should have been able to predict that the Padres would beat the Cubs. The final score was 9-5.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article on the Cubs’ website titled “Young Cubs arms learn a lesson from Padres.” Muskat is referring to junior pitchers Andrew Cashner and James Russell. Both of these pitchers gave up two runs in the Cubs’ loss to the Padres.
I still don’t like the overall mentality of the Cubs, even though it may be the way teams play across the league when they are “out of the race.” The Cubs of all teams owe their fans a quality attempt at winning, no matter what their record is.
Here is an example of what I don’t like: The losing pitcher was Tom Gorzelanny (6-7). His response to this season is “Whatever happens, happens.” This is according to Muskat’s article. Perhaps Gorzelanny has been the victim of some poor Cubs’ offense, however I would like to hear a little more intensity, a little more problem-solving commentary.
Earlier in the article, Cubs Manager Lou Piniellla talked about the failure of the two pitchers to keep the Padres under control, indicating that “Nobody wants to step up.” I would remind Lou that these pitchers are pitching against the number-one team in the Western Division, and the reason that they are being used is that the supposed pro veterans, like emotional bomb Carlos Zambrano and Gorzelanny, originally couldn’t get the job done.
I would have rather have seen and heard Piniella discuss the game as a whole. After all, the relievers could have given up four runs and, had Gorzelanny not given up five, the Cubs actually would have won. Also, Derrek Lee was out again, and that could have been a factor as to why they lost.
The problem with the Cubs is that they live in the world of clichés. “We are working on next year;” “It was at least a win;” “We know we have the talent; its there” and “They just won’t step up” are all simply excuses.
Politics and sports are guilty of taking simple reasons for failure and building the demanding public a house of cards.
In the case of the Cubs, they had no offense, no pitching and mediocre defense. Further, the management this year for some reason was not too good.
I’d say “Better luck next year,” but I don’t think there will be any.