A loss to the last place team; is there any hope left?

By jamesfrench

The Chicago Cubs blew another lead, and this time it was against the last place Houston Astros. Everything seems to be falling for the Cubs, and now it looks like at rapid rate. They had a 6-3 lead after the fourth inning, and then the Astros came roaring back. Houston scored three runs in the fifth to tie the game, and they did not turn back, scoring in every inning after that except the eighth.

Chicago Cubs’ Darwin Barney (L) dives safely back to second base as Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) is late with the tag in the first inning of play, in their MLB National League baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, May 17, 2011. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Is it too early to count out the Cubs at this point? Is it too early to start looking toward next year? Technically yes, there is still that chance of this team turning it around. However, until they prove something at this point, maybe it’s best to start looking elsewhere for good news on the Cubs.

Tony Campana is a start when looking for good news. The scrappy outfielder provided quite a spark on the base paths yesterday. Something the Cubs have not seen since players like Eric Young and Juan Pierre. With a full outfield right now, would the Cubs consider making him a plan for the future? Soriano is obviously here to stay, and Marlon Byrd will be back next year. So that leaves one spot technically for the possibility of Campana, Colvin, Brett Jackson, or even bringing back Fukudome. Either way, Campana will be fun to watch for the rest of the year.

Watching Starlin Castro bloom into a star is another highlight we can watch all year. As Chicago fans, we got the chance to watch Derrick Rose bloom into the super star that he became, and it was this season starting with “why not me?” that will always be remembered as the year he became one of the best. Something similar could happen to Castro this season. Why not him? It may not be no big MVP type season, but it could be the early works of a super star in the making.

The surprise of the year is one last bright spot in rookie Darwin Barney. Most people could not even have told you that they knew how good he was, and now he is letting us know now. I can admit that I only knew the name, and had no idea what he could do until spring training of this year. He will also be fun to watch for the rest of the season as he fights for the title as rookie of the year.

Even though hope may be grim at this point, at least we will have a lot to watch and cheer for. Who knows, maybe if we don’t pay attention to the standings and start watching everything else the team can surprise us the way some of the players are. Let’s just not get our hopes up.

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