St. Louis Cardinals 2, Chicago Cubs 1: You Do Have to Score to Win, You Know

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 27:  Derrek Lee #25 (C) of the Chicago Cubs sits in the dugout amongst his teammates late in the game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

To paraprhase Will Leitch, blogging is hard work. And in addition, I might say the most time-, money-, and soul-sucking endeavor that I've ever been apart of. I'm even embarrassed to tell my accountant what I spend on this "hobby."

When I started Cubbie Nation, it was with the notion that there are plenty of Cubs fans that, if they're lucky, catch a live game once a year. The best thing that I could do was give them a feel for the sights and sounds at the park, and maybe a few things you miss watching on TV. Ha! And then the bill came.

And let's not even get started on losing streaks, where a sensible cat would normally catch up on his social life in the middle of a bad streak. No, you're forced to watch that train wreck; closely too, with a scout's eye about the whole thing.

What my point, you're asking? You got to pay the bills. Work getting in the way of work, and all that. So the day job has kept me from talking Cubs for the last week, and even watching close enough to give them an evaluative look.Trust me; don’t write about what you cannot intelligently speak.

Now, I've seen the good (5-4 win vs. Astros), the bad (6-5 loss Sunday), and the ugly (the Kevin Gregg implosion Saturday).

And after looking at the Cubs over the last two series, all I can say is that they're holding on with luck and pitching.

Luck because they certainly didn't win Saturday; the Astros lost. I mean, who throws anything remotely near the plate when you've got Alfonso Soriano down 0-2? Seriously. You've got at least a couple of pitches to waste; hit the bull. It's better than 50-50 that he swings anyway.

So, add that together with a rainout Friday, and after last night's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals, we all could be going nuts over a five-game losing streak this morning.

I've got one word: pressing. Yes, I say pressing, because the Cardinals pitching just wasn't that good You got five shutout innings from Chris Carpenter, which is fine.

But when the likes of Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte, and assorted cohorts hold you to a run over four innings, and your teams strikes out nine times against that Cardinals staff, something is just not quite right.

That means you Mike Fontenot (.152 in May), who I think we all can agree now is not an everyday player. You too, Geovany Soto. And you Milton Bradley, who is still yet to hit his weight for the season. You know what? That's the middle of the Cubs order right now, and they all don't look so hot.

And even Reed Johnson, who with the Cubs rallying in the ninth inning against closer Ryan Franklin, swung at some of the most awful, obviously junk stuff that you could imagine to end the game. This of course was after a Micah Hoffpauir RBI-single has sent a run in, and with the tying run 90 feet away.

Seriously guys, loosen up. You will hit. Just don't take too long to do it.