Folks, I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear people saying things like “oh, it’s early,” or, “it’s only a couple games”. That’s how you end up losing a division: by losing games that you should have won.
The baseball season is a long, tough grind. The teams showing up in March and April could look dramatically different a few months from now. That being said, you can’t lose a series to a bad team. You just can’t. That is, of course, unless you’re a bad team too.
No, I’m not ready to give up after the first series of the year. The fact that I had made the trip to the season opening series may have me a little more upset than usual, but I can keep a pretty clear head and deliver a reasonable recap/summary of the events that transpired over the opening weekend.
Clearly the hitting issues have been addressed. The Cubs put up at least six runs in all three games. That should’ve translated to three victories, but for whatever reason our pitchers can’t throw strikes.
Before we all start freaking out about the reliever situation (or lack of having one), let’s at least take a moment to ask “why don’t we have electronic strike zones yet?” We have drones that can shoot missiles at a precise target on the other side of the world, yet we can’t put a little radar together for the strike zone? A big reason the Cubs’ pitchers were getting smacked (when they weren’t walking guys) was that strikes were not being called strikes. When a pitcher is being squeezed, he has to throw it closer to the middle. That happened both yesterday, and today, but we aren’t going to put the L on the umps…
No… the Cubs lost because of the pen. The thing we all knew was the biggest weakness proved to be true, and now we have to convince ourselves it’s possible to win games with this dumpster fire of relief arms.
Yes, it’s still early, but in this division you can’t afford to be losing games against bad teams. The Cubs have to do something to address their bullpen ASAP, otherwise this could be a long, miserable summer.