Swept by Houston Astros; Another player to the DL
Can anything else happen to the Chicago Cubs this year? Another day, and another bad chapter. This time the Cubs lost their third straight to the Houston Astros. That is right, they were now swept by the last place team in the division. At this point is Quade trying to show them what it’s like to be bad? Maybe a recreation early in the season compared to what happened at the end of last year. Feeling out of competition, and then going on a great run to finish the season.
I honestly could not have predicted this to happen to the Cubs. I admit that I had generously high optimism for the 2011 squad, but this is far worse than I thought could happen. Players are falling left and right due to injuries, and they have to turn to more youth in order to try and dig themselves out of this hole.
Alfonso Soriano was the latest victim to fall to an injury. The Cubs placed him on the disabled list yesterday, and surprise, it is his leg again. When Soriano was healthy to start the season, you might have thought that there could be a glimmer of hope, as he is the type of player that can carry a team when he is hot. There is a dramatic difference between a healthy Soriano and an injured one, and you have to wonder if it will affect him when he comes off of the DL too.
When one aspect is working in a game (pitching, defense or offense), it seems like you can always count on another to overcome the other. Case in point, Carlos Marmol blowing the game yesterday. Normally one of the reliable players on this team, Marmol could not hold the last place Astros off of the board. Other days it may be great pitching and offense, but then there are four errors leading to seven unearned runs to cost them the game.
The hardest part about watching your favorite baseball team suffer through a losing season is the fact that there is no instant gratification in the offseason. In football and basketball, at least in the back of your mind you know that you have a chance at a future star coming out of college. But in baseball, this years draft picks may not even be known until five or six years later. At that point you probably have already blocked out the memory of the year that earned this player you are seeing for the first time.
I don’t know what the Cubs could do at this point, other than go on a miraculous winning spree. The team cannot stay healthy and focused, and you just start to feel bad for the players and fans who just want to win. Especially as a Cubs fan, all you can do is hope for the best at this point.