There’s no doubt about it: the Chicago Cubs are the worst team in baseball. It’s a fact. And as the days go by, this team does nothing other than continue to confirm what their record already indicates.
It’s pretty simple to point out the problems with a team sitting at the bottom of the league, since they’re everywhere. The bullpen is awful. That one is probably the most obvious. But the problems don’t stop there.
This team can’t hit. Not that that’s any sort of surprise. A team that lost both Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena isn’t exactly going to set the world on fire, offensively. But each game, the offense seems to get worse. There’s no patience at the plate, and when you have guys like Jeff Baker and now Koyie Hill in the lineup with any regularity, you wonder if there’s any point to even going into the dugout to hit.
We know the Cubs are awful. Not that it’s a surprise. We knew they were going to be towards the bottom of the National League. Few just expected them to find new, creative ways of losing every night.
The big challenge with this club is finding the positives. The bad is easy to point out. What about the good? Where is there any sort of joy or entertainment in watching this team?
Up until recently, the answer to that question was Bryan LaHair. His offense has fallen off recently, which has resulted in Baker receiving back-to-back starts at first. And as much as you’d like to throw Alfonso Soriano in there for his recent surge, it’s only a matter of time before the streakiest player in baseball falls silent once again.
Starlin Castro is still steady and improving, even if he’s cooled off a bit after a hot start. And Tony Campana is a blast to watch, even though he’s not a guy that you want in your lineup everyday.
Other than that, the starting rotation might be the only reason to watch this team. Ryan Dempster has been fantastic, which could mean he only has a few starts left as a Cub. Matt Garza had a rough outing recently, but still has some of the best stuff in baseball. Jeff Samardzija gets better each start and it should be a joy to continue to watch him improve.
Bottom line: until the Cubs call up Anthony Rizzo, which won’t happen for a few more weeks, there isn’t much of a reason to continue to watch this team. They’re a miserable club. But, again, does that surprise anyone? The rebuilding process is going to be just that – a process. As frustrating as it might be to watch, it’s not going to end anytime soon.