One week until every team is in first…..at least for a day
One week until the Angels begin life with the best right handed hitter in the game
One week until the beginning of Chipper Jones’ farewell season
One week until Stephen Strasburg tries to recapture his rookie year magic
One week until the Pirates try to end a streak of 19 straight losing seasons
One week until Paul Konerko is just 4 homers away from 400
One week until the Theo Epstein era begins in Chicago
One week until Prince Fielder questions money over Comerica Park’s 420ft Center Field fence
One week until the ‘Carlos Zambrano Meltdown Watch’ starts
One week until Bobby Valentine tries to prove he’s the smartest guy he knows
One week until Kenny Williams questions why he traded Sergio Santos
One week until Kansas City fans look at the starting lineup and say “who’s that?”
One week until Magic Johnson wonders what $2 Billion just bought
One week until the fans actually listen to the starting lineup announcement
One week until Ryan Braun tries to prove it was all legit
One week until the Houston Astros become National League lame ducks
One week until the New York press declares the Mets out of the division race
One week until a first pitch ball outside will get a huge cheer
One week until I duck my head when an F-18 skims the top of Wrigley after our National Anthem
One week until the Red Sox don’t eat fried chicken during the game
One week until this passion we call baseball begins
One week until Opening Day!!!
This team is really getting frustrating. Four games into a nine game home stand the Cubs are 2 and 2. They took 2 of 3 from the Mets during the week and lost the first of a 3 game series against the Pirates today.
They now stand at 22-27 on the season and are 7 games out of first place.
The thing is; I’m not sure what I’m more frustrated about. The hitting? The pitching? The injuries? The weather?
All right, I do know, it’s the pitching. The Cubs are 29th of 30 in ERA, they are last in quality starts, they are 29th in walks allowed, and they are 29th in opponents’ batting average. Those kind of combined numbers easily make you the worst pitching staff in baseball.
Yes…. The Cubs have had injuries. Yes they have 60% of their Opening Day starting pitchers on the DL. Yes the weather has been awful. But in the end, the guys on the mound just aren’t getting it done.
Unfortunately the Cubs poor pitching continued my personal losing streak on Wednesday night, as I haven’t seen the Cubs win yet this year. Casey Coleman started the game but was knocked out in the second inning by a Mets team that has scored less runs than the Cubs this year.
Mets pitcher Dillon Gee allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs in the first inning, then shut the door for the next 5 innings.
Here is a shot of Gee and a couple of additional pics I took during the game.
Here is a shot of the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th. You can see the flags standing straight out. The wind was blowing in strong from over the left field wall and it made for a cold night in the upper deck.
As evidenced by the fact that my daughter was wearing her winter coat and was drinking hot chocolate.
A couple of months ago Emma from Crzblu’s Dodger Blue World asked people to take pictures and send them to her of themselves keeping score at the game. I keep score at every game and I’ve taught my two older daughters (13 & 11) how to keep score as well. I need to send her a photo.
There was a light mist the entire game, but in the bottom of the sixth it picked up to a heavy mist. I took this picture in an attempt to capture the scene.
Just after that it started to rain in earnest, so we packed up our stuff and headed toward the exit. The Mets batted in the top of the 7th and then the umps stopped the game for rain. About an hour later the game was called and the Mets had beaten the Cubs 7-4