Cubs fans and Manager Lou Pinella are already frustrated – and it’s only been 2 games. This is not the way the Cubs wanted to start their season – with a close 3-2 loss courtesy of an 8th inning 2-run home run that John Grabow served up to Chipper Jones.
The Cubs wasted a great outing from Ryan Dempster – 6 innings, 1 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 9 K’s. Although the Cubs did manage 7 hits in the loss, the only 2 runs that they scored were unearned, courtesy of an error by Troy Glaus on Ryan Dempster’s weak ground ball with runners on base. Sean Marshall had another solid appearance – 1 perfect inning with 2 K’s, but it was John Grabow who failed to get the job done. Grabow gave up a hit to Martin Prado and then the crushing blow to Chipper Jones. At some point, you just have to do your job, and right now, the Cubs players are not doing their jobs. Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee are still both hitless, while Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto and Mike Fontenot each just have 1 hit. This is unacceptable.
Granted, it is only 2 games. But when you are losing the same way that you have been losing the last year or so, you have cause to be concerned about a negative pattern developing (and staying) with this Cubs squad. It is essentially the same team (save for Marlon Byrd instead of Milton Bradley), so unless we see some change her early this season, we could be in for another long, frustrating season for the northsiders.
Randy Wells looks to get the Cubs on track with their 1st win. Wells pitched well in a start against the Braves in Atlanta in June. He had a no hitter through 6 innings, and the Cubs bullpen ended up blowing a lead for him late that cost him a win. Pinella has made 3 changes in the bottom of the Cubs lineup for tonight’s game – Tyler Colvin makes his 1st 2010 start in place of Alfonso Soriano; Jeff Baker is batting 7th instead of Mike Fontenot; & Koyie Hill is catching and batting 8th instead of Geovany Soto.
It won’t be any easy task for the Cubs as they face another dominant pitcher – Tommy Hanson. Hanson is only 23 years old, but he won 11 games in 2009 with a 2.89 ERA and 116 strikeouts in just 21 games. Given the fact that the Cubs have only scored 6 runs on 12 hits in the 1st 2 games of the season, it is hard to imagine them breaking out against this tough righty tonight. Look for an 0-3 start for the Cubbies — let’s just hope they manage to win 1 game before they return home to Chicago and the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field on Monday…