Hah, hah, hah!!! I cannot stop laughing. I was planning on writing a positive article on how Alfonso Soriano has really surprised me this season with a solid 2010 effort. But after today’s awful showing, I had to adapt my focus.
After dropping a 2-0 embarrassing loss to the Pirates today at Wrigley Field, the Cubs have now lost 9 of 11 games played against the NL’s worst team. The Cubs payroll is over $140 million. The Pirates payroll is just over $38 million. What a joke?
THE RICKETTS FAMILY NEEDS TO FIRE GM JIM HENDRY NOW!
Today’s 2-0 loss summed up the Cubs pathetic season once again. Pirates starter Brad Lincoln (25 years old) threw 7 scoreless innings and he allowed only 6 Cubs to reach base – 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 HBP. It was his 1st career major league win in 5 starts – he had let up 16 ER in his previous 4 starts with a 1.54 WHIP and 6.00 ERA. You just have to love these stats.
I’m not really sure that the Cubs could meet a minor league team right now. They are playing that bad and they are playing that tight. The presumption that they are going to lose each and every game is clearly contagious and only a total cleansing of the organization is going to fix this giant mess created by Jim Hendry & Co.
Tom Gorzelanny threw 5 scoreless innings in his 1st start back since taking Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the rotation. Brian Schlitter threw 2 scoreless innings to keep the game tied at 0. But then Andrew Cashner suffered his 3rd straight loss in as many appearances because of an Aramis Ramirez error that set up a 1-out game-winning rally for the Pirates in the top of the 8th inning. It is so comical.
Ted Lilly pitched another great game last night — 7 innings, 1 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk (now an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.06 but only a 3-6 record). But if not for Alfonso Soriano’s 2 solo home runs, we might be talking about a Pirates sweep of the 3-game series at Wrigley this week.
This team has really hit rock bottom. It’s time for Hendry to move several players – Carlos Silva, Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano. It’s time to get some quality young stars into this organization. And once that is all said and done, it’s time for the Ricketts to show Hendry the door before the season is over so that they can get a legitimate general manager to run the show…