Wow – where to start. During the Cubs 6-game skid, the squad has been outscored 62-17. Ouch – where did the Cubs pitching go?
For most of the season, the Cubs pitching staff boasted the 5th best ERA in the National League and only 1 American League team had a better ERA than the Cubs. But as of late, the wheels have come off and no one really seems to care anymore. The 26-hit attack by the Brewers in the 18-1 win on Monday were the most hits allowed by a Cubs team since September 2, 1957! The loss put the Cubs a season-high 14 games under .500 at 46-60. They fell 13.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central race and they now found themselves in 5th place in the Central. Only the Pirates and Diamondbacks have a worse record in the National League than the Cubs.
Where did it all go so wrong? The Cubs bats have been awful all season (their .258 team batting average is 14th best in all of baseball), but now the Cubs pitching staff has followed suit. The Cubs now sport a 4.32 team ERA which puts them in the bottom 9 teams in all of baseball. Unbelievable…
Some of the funny stats from last night’s loss.
The Brewers batted around in both the 4th and the 5th innings. The Brewers scored at least 1 run in each of the final 6 innings. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder each went 5 for 7 in the win. Fielder had 5 RBI’s while Braun had 2 RBI’s. Former Cubs player Casey McGehee went 2 for 5 with 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored (with 1 home run). Corey Hart also had 4 hits, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored.
Cubs pitcher Randy Wells suffered his 9th loss of the season – 6 ER on 10 hits in 4 innings pitched. Justin Berg pitched through the 5th inning when Wells couldn’t record an out and gave up 3 hits and 1 walk. All 3 runs charged to him were unearned.
Casey Coleman made his major league debut and boy was it bad. The brew crew lit up Coleman in his 2 1/3 innings of work — 6 ER on 8 hits and 2 walks. Welcome to the majors Casey.
Brian Schlitter tried to clean up the mess in the 8th inning, but he didn’t fare much better – 2 ER on 5 hits. Has this guy made any appearances this year without giving up a hit or a run? Since he made 2 scoreless appearances back at the end of June, here are Schlitter’s numbers through his last 5 outings — 5 1/3 innings pitched, 17 hits (2 home runs), 11 ER and 5 walks. And yes, he has given up at least 1 ER in each of those last 5 appearances.
This is going to be a long, painful ride home during the final 1/3 of the season…