Cubs Do What They Do Best: No Run Support

Ben ChardellCorrespondent IApril 4, 2008

Rich Hill is the unluckiest pitcher in baseball. He had terrible run support last year. In fact, he had the second worst run support in all of baseball. One would think that it would have improved this year with the addition of Fukudome and the one hundred percent healthy wrist of Derrek Lee.

It's just wasn't so.

One day after the offense finally clicked and scored 8 runs, it tripped fell flat on it's face. In the mud. And got laughed at.

What seems to be a steady pattern is the fact that Fukudome is not only the only Cub to hit, but he's the only Cub to take pitches.

The opposing pitcher, Chris Sampson- a number 5 pitcher- needed only 71 pitches to get through 6.2 innings. That is simply unacceptable. To watch Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, and Aramis Ramirez continue to not only swing at first pitches, but look absolutely 100% lost at the plate is very disheartening. It also serves to increase my near man- love for Fukudome.

It shouldn't be this amazing to watch a pitcher work the count so well, but it is. So is life being a Cubs fan. Hopefully Lou can trick the batters into a room, lock the door and make them watch Fukudome highlight videos. Over and over again until they get a clue.

And how disheartening for Lieber. Because of the Cubs' terrible defense, he got slapped with a loss he simply did not deserve.

With the cubs making at least one error for every game, it's becoming humorous to see how they can come up with new fielding gaffes.

Positive Notes:


  • Reed Johnson had a pinch hit double late in the game and hopefully showed Lou that he should be the full time center fielder and not Pie.
  • Cubs pitching continues to impress (overall). Hill continued his solid pitching from last season, even though he didn't get the win. Wrigley would be flying a big W if it wasn't for the defensive indifference of Aramis Ramirez and the laughable routes Soriano takes to balls.
  • Despite the ugly play in the seventh inning, Derosa looks to be pretty comfortable at the plate, cranking a home run into the bleachers off of Valverde.
  • Soto continues to hit the ball very well. His average will go up. Look for a big year from the rookie behind the plate.