Chicago Cubs Lose Soriano and to Mets — What’s Next?
Posted by sportsmaven on August 6, 2007
So, Chicago Cubs fans, have we seen this before? The Cubs got out of the gate playing horrible baseball this season, topped off by an on the air dugout brawl between their best pitcher (Carlos Zambrano) and their since departed emotional catcher (Michael Barrett), followed the next day by a tirade by their new manager, Lou Piniella, over a play that was called correctly. All this vaulted the Cubs from a low-water mark of 8 games under .500 to a high water mark of 8 game over .500 in the span of 2 months to contend in the weak NL Central division. Just when the tide is turning, the Cubs become human again, going 3-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, and now this.
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
It appears that OF Alfonso Soriano will miss 2-4 weeks due to a strained quad muscle, the same injury that sidelined 3B Aramis Ramirez for the last 5 weeks of the season in 2005. Furthermore, the back of our rotation, needing to step up significantly, appears to be stepping BACKWARDS with horrible performances. RP Kerry Wood saw his first action since being reactivated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday and looked impressive, striking out
Last night’s game was a prime example — SP Jason Marquis wasn’t sharp again, giving up 5 earned runs on 9 hits (including 4 doubles) and 3 walks. The Cubs were still in the game until the suddenly flammable RP Will Ohman came in and put the game out of reach with his horrid performance. The New York Mets are clearly the best team in the National League. That was a proven point in this weekend’s series. You can’t give a team like the Mets 23 baserunners and expect to win. You can’t walk 7 guys and expect to win. You can’t lose arguably your best hitter for a month and expect to win. You can’t have your #3, 4, and 5 starters go less than 5 innings and expect to win. You can’t have your bullpen lefty relievers take close games and put them out of reach and expect to win.
The Cubs have 51 games left in the regular season. Do they compete despite the loss of Soriano, or do they fold in August like many a past Cubs team? Only time will tell, but I do know one thing, history is certainly not on the Cubs side…..
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
On another note, the Sports Maven does want to congratulate Mets P Tom Glavine on his 300th victory last night. Tom Glavine is surely the best left handed pitcher of my generation, and it was a treat to watch him pitch another masterful game. Not only is he an excellent pitcher, he is also one of the game’s all around good guys. Congratulations, Tom Glavine!