Another Series Loss to Lowly Astros – It Keeps Getting Clearer That Wholesale Changes are Needed on North Side – Cubs 1, Astros 8 – 7/28/10

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Lou

Another week, another series loss to the 42-59 Houston Astros – ha, ha, ha!  How does a team take 3 of 4 from the Philadelphia Phillies and then 2 of 3 from the St. Louis Cardinals, but then lose 4 of 6 games to the Houstonj Astros in a span of 9 days.  It just doesn’t make sense.  But then again, nothing about this 2010 Cubs team or this Cubs organization makes any sense these days.  It is becoming more and more clear that wholesale changes are needed on the North Side of Chicago is we expect to see the Cubs win the World Series “any time soon” – whatever that means.  Let’s look more closely at the 2 Astros series.

Last week at Wrigley Field, the Cubs lost 5-11, won 14-7 and then lost 3-4.  This week in Houston, the Cubs won 5-2, but then lost 1-6 and 1-8.  In the 6 games, the Astros outscored the Cubs 38-29.  How is that possible, especially when the Cubs didn’t have to face the Astros best pitcher – Roy Oswalt in any of the 6 games?  It is simply embarrassing and unacceptable.  Today’s loss can be summed up in 1 inning – the 1st – when the Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out.  Ryan Theriot led off with a single, Starlin Castro reached base on an error and Tyler Colvin walked.  But as has happened so many times this season, instead of the Cubs breaking the game open with a 4 or 5 run inning, the Cubs settled for 1 lousy run on a sacrifice fly by Aramis Ramirez.  When you have chances like that and you only push across 1 run, you are not going to win a lot of games.  After the Ramirez out, Xavier Nady struck out, Kosuke Fukudome walked to load the bases again, but then Jeff Baker struck out.  What a joke…

Theriot had 3 hits in the loss; Castro had 2 hits and Colvin had 1 hit and 2 walks.  The rest of the team??? 2 walks by Fukudome and 1 hit by Koyie Hill – that’s it.  No more hits, no more walks and because of that, no more runs. The 2-7 Bud Norris with the dazzling 1.61 WHIP and 6.08 ERA manages to hold down the Cubs to just 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6 strong innings.  It is just too funny.

Randy Wells was cruising along until things started to unravel in the 6th inning.  A Hunter Pence RBI double tied the game at 1 and then a 2-run homer to Carlos Lee gave the Astros the lead for good in the 6th inning.  A 3-1 lead should not really be a big deal at all, but to this Cubs squad, it is almost insurmountable.  Then when you have 2 relievers toss batting practice in the 7th and 8th innings, you are all but assured another loss.  Brian Schlitter gave up 2 ER on 4 hits in the 7th inning and now has a 12.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.  Bob Howry then gave up 3 ER on 4 hits before being replaced by Justin Berg who easily got the last out of the inning.  Why are Schlitter and Howry even on the 25-man roster?  Isn’t there anybody else down in Triple-A or Double-A who can do a better job?

I am getting increasingly frustrated with the product on the field for the Cubs.  It’s a start, with the “indifferent” Pinella leaving after the season, but we have to take a deeper look at what Jim Hendry has done.  All the Cubs “trade-worthy” players all come with a catch.  Kosuke Fukudome, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Silva (because of the bad Milton Bradley contract), Alfonso Soriano – we’d all love to move these over-paid, under-producing bit players, but no team in their right mind will take them because of the crazy dollars still owed to each guy over the next year to 4 years.  And who’s fault is that?  Jim Hendry.  The last 3-4 years have been miserable to Jim Hendry in terms of his off-season moves, and it’s time for the Ricketts Family to take a close look at the guy who runs the team’s baseball operations.  Jim must go – and as soon as he does – this Cubs team will get better in a hurry…

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