Cubs Still Slumping, Turn To Lilly For Answers

Katelyn GrabarekSenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2008

The Cubs have blown their last two games in the bottom of the ninth. 

It was the Cubs eighth loss in their last nine games.

So many times they have come from behind at home in the bottom of the ninth inning, however the Cubs have not been able to stop their opponents from doing the same recently.

Kerry Wood blew the final game in the Cincinnati series giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Reds their 4-3 win in the series finale on Sunday.

Carlos Marmol gave up the go ahead run in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night, to give the Cardinals the 4-3 victory.

I'm sure I'm not the only Cubs fan thinking about the Mets collapse in September last year, or the 1969 Cubs collapse.

While the Cubs don't have a 9 game lead over the central division rivals, with their struggles of late and the Brewers lack of success, they could have started to separate themselves from the pack.

However the Cubs will get starters Rich Harden, and Carlos Zambrano back this weekend. 

This should be a boost to the rotation, who really hasn't looked bad as of late.

Granted Dempster gave up the three run homer to Pujols last night, it could have been a lot worse.

Lou Piniella is still trying to get Kosuke Fukudome back on track, and Fukudome could be back in the starting line up tonight. 

For all the offensive production that came out of this lineup earlier in the season, there has been a lack of production.

In the Cubs six losses this month, they have scored three runs or less in five of those games. 

Let's hope the Cubs can turn around this month and head into the playoffs on a positive note.