The Chicago Cubs can describe their 2009 season in one word: inconsistent. The inconsistency is maddening, frustrating, and certainly unpredictable. Tonight’s 12-inning 6-5 come from ahead loss against a very average Atlanta Braves team is the latest example of the frustration and inconsistency that has enveloped this team to date.
June 1st is typically the time of the year when you really know what kind of team you have. It’s the time of year where it can no longer be said that it’s still early in the season. It’s not and the Chicago Cubs are still a mess. Third base is a Bermuda Triangle, the bullpen is still an unknown, with the long guys getting pounded one day, the short guys the next. Left handed relief is non-existent. Suspensions of OF Milton Bradley and RHP Carlos Zambrano, injuries, fines, missed flights, arguing with umpires, multiple beatings of the Gatorade machine, the 2009 version of the Chicago Cubs are their own worst enemies. The mess even extends to the very top of the organization, as Sam Zell and Tom Ricketts continue to slug it out, with no end in sight, over the fine details of the ownership transfer.
June 1st is here and the Cubs are still a spring training-like mess, sitting at a record of 25-25, in 4th place in the NL Central, yet they somehow are still in the race, only 4 games out of first in what appears to be MLB’s most competitive division. Can they get their act together? Can they weather the storm of a lost 3B Aramis Ramirez? Can Bradley stay healthy and hit? Can a left handed reliever emerge from the bullpen? Hell, can anyone emerge from the bullpen with greater consistency? (right now, RHP Angel Guzman seems to be the only consistent pitcher in the pen)
If the biggest move the Cubs make this season is the banishment of the Gatorade machine from the dugout, the 2009 season will be another wash, yet another year in the 100+ year North side champioship draught.