Jeff Samardzija continued to be a bright spot for the Chicago Cubs in his outing Sunday against a powerful Atlanta Braves team. He made some mistakes but all in all kept the team in the game. Once again however, when the later innings came the pitching began to falter for the Cubbies and soon the game was out of reach. They have done some hitting and the pitching has been far from horrible but they will go no further than right where they are if they don’t overhaul that bullpen.
I know it is early and everyone deserves a chance but Carlos Marmol wasn’t thought to be a great closer going into the season. That is why the Cubs brought in at least one more guy to do the job in case he didn’t get it done. Well, he isn’t getting it done. I don’t know if anyone in the pen right now is going to be able to get the chance the Cubs need but they need to do something or this season is going to get very frustrating very fast.
Never have I been one to say heads needed to roll but arms definitely need to move to other spots. Hey, Samardzija was almost an accidental discovery as an ace of the staff. Pick some promising young pitcher either in the minors or majors and give him closing duties. If that doesn’t work, move to someone else. Honestly, trial and error would work better than continuing with what they are doing now. The comeback on Saturday was a great story for the Braves but a deafening reminder for the Cubs.
They should not give away five runs in the final two innings of a ballgame that has been their game from the start. It was proof that big changes need to occur right now. Flip the major league and minor league bullpens. Hey, it’s been done before. They all won’t stay but you can bet a few will step up big time and stick around. Whatever the Cubs front office does to change things around in that bullpen, it needs to be drastic and it needs to be now.