Cubs/Sox Report (May 26)
Well it is late May and the Cubs have lost eight straight and the Sox are a sub .500 team, not good Chicago fans.
Last week, Jake Peavy spurned south side fans with his decision to stay in San Diego and Peavy’s Padres went on to sweep the Cubs in San Diego. It is still somewhat early, as they have only played a quarter of the season, but there have been some noticeable trends on both sides of Chicago, bad trends, not good ones, LOL.
Starting with the Sox, Josh Fields has more strikeouts (48) than total bases (46) and he is on the brink of being sent down or benched, both are viable options.
Carlos Quentin came back from last season only to be banged up this season, and he injured his foot in Anaheim. Quentin has not been able to find a groove this season and his injuries are hindering his progress.
I do not care what Scott Podsednik is hitting, he is an awful defender, bad base runner and does not belong on an MLB team and Brian Anderson will be the starting CF by the end of June.
Anderson came up from AAA a few weeks ago swinging a good bad and he has continued to hit the ball well. So far he has hit for good average, gets on base at a high rate and is an all-star defender in CF.
The White Sox pitching staff has been in shambles all season long. They do have good pitchers (Buehrle, Danks, Floyd, Jenks, Thornton) but Gavin Floyd has been awful all season and the Bartolo Colon/Jose Contreras combo has cost the Sox at least ten victories.
Peavy would have helped considerably but his numbers away from San Diego and against the AL are not that impressive.
The Sox do have some good things going on too. For instance, the ageless Jermaine Dye is on fire and Jim Thome keeps doing what got him in the Hall of Fame, hitting HRs and getting on base. Alexei Ramirez looks to finally coming out of his early season funk and...that is about it for good things on the South Side.
The Cubs have been playing miserable baseball. Whether it is guys getting picked off or running into outs on the bases (Soriano, Theriot). Or guys having awful at bats with RISP (Bradley, Lee, Soriano), or, maybe, pitchers not throwing strikes (Zambrano, Dempster, Cotts), or maybe an awful bullpen (Cotts, Heilman, Gregg), or...you get my point...the list never ends with this team.
There has not been much to cheer about on the north side, as their season started slow and the team has not responded or adjusted to their start.
They still swing at awful pitches, like they did in the playoffs, and still refuse to throw strikes. During this eight game losing streak the Cubs have averaged a paltry two runs a game (and that was helped big time by eight runs vs. the Pirates!!).
I am not going over the numbers for the Cubs, I am too frustrated and the results speak for themselves. I will be going to the Cubs game Friday, and hope to see you all there.
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