Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Cubs slide continues

Tonite's 4-1 loss to the Brewers put the Cubs losing streak at 3. The Cubs are now a game below .500 and they have fallen 5 games back in the NL Central. At Miller Park the only offense the Cubs could muster was a HR by Henry Blanco.

Blanco's homer in the third gave the Cubs the early 1-0 lead. For a time it looked like Carlos Zambrano might make that lead stand up.

The 6th inning did the Cubs in on Monday. In the top of the inning Patterson hit a ball to Hall who made a great play and fired to first. The replay showed Corey was safe but he was called out. Patterson threw his helmet toward the umpire and was ejected from the game. Aramis hit a ball to rightfield that Jenkins made a great ctah on. Ronnie told the WGN Radio listeners this was the turning point.

In the bottom of the inning Zambrano gave up a single and three doubles (one on a grounder that Aramis played horribly). The Brewers scored three and the Cubs never threatened. Zambrano's good outing was wasted. He struckout 10 Brewers.

Ramirez(0-4 tonight) is playing like he did for the Pirates. After getting the huge contract on Opening Day, Aramis is now hitting .228. He has 4 homers and 14 RBi.

Cub hitters did not take a walk on Tuesday night. So far this year the Cubs have taken 68 walks. That ranks 14th among all the NL teams (26th in MLB). On the other side of things Cub pitchers have issued 110 free passes. That's second onlt to the Rockies in the NL (4th in MLB).

So Cub hitters won't take walks and Cub pitchers are more than happy to issue them. That is a recipe for real problems. Did anybody in the Cub front office read Moneyball?

In Nashville Joe Borowski threw a scoreless inning of relief. Joe didn't walk anyone or allow a hit. He struckout 2. The I-Cubs lost 6-1.

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