The Chicago Cubs Need a Win: Something Has To Give

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 2:  Manager Lou Piniella of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the game against the Florida Marlins on May 2, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Cubs need a win. They need a win badly.

It seems as if the team is heading back to their old ways: Instead of losing games, they're finding ways to lose. Just some how, some way.

Yes, to all the optimists, the Cubs have only lost two in a row. The only thing is, this late in the season you can't lose two in a row when the team you're trying to catch is winning.

With the 11-5 loss last night to Colorado, the Cubs have fallen three full games back of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs are a talented team. They have the skill to get the job done. They have the pitching, the fielding, and the hitting to win this division.

They have one thing going against them, however.

The team has been so hurt this season. Right now the Cubs have eight players on the disabled list.

The Cubs need all the help they can get. Ramirez, who just came off the disabled list, is day-to-day with left shoulder soreness. That is definitely not the kind of news a Cubs fan wants to hear right now.

Three starting pitchers are on the DL, two of whom are everyday starters. One was brought in to take an injured pitcher's spot.

Ted Lilly is still on the DL with left shoulder inflammation. He is due back mid-August.

Zambrano is on the DL with back muscle spasms. He is due back mid-to-late August.

New pitcher Tom Gorzelanny is on the DL now with a left foot contusion. His return is unknown.

You can't win a division with three starters on the DL in August. It just won't happen. The Cubs are in need of a lot of help in the starting rotation.

Boy, the Jake Peavy deal sounds good right now. Too bad the Sox beat us to it. (Great job, Jim Hendry.)

The verdict is the Cubs need help and need to keep ground with the Cardinals in the division and the Rockies in the wild card or bye-bye playoffs in 2009.


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