Wednesday, July 1, 2009

They're baaack: The Cubs we know and hate return with a vengeance

Tuesday: Pirates 3, Cubs 0

What did the angry fan say after watching the Cubs get shutout for the eighth time this season?


Sorry, just trying to lighten the mood after seeing things like:

-Soto trying to go first to third with the play right in front of him
-Runners at second and third with nobody out, top of the order up, no runs
-A runner scoring from second on a dropped third strike and an error by the pitcher

These were just some of the reasons the Cubs remained under the .500 mark and sank to an 11-14 June after a lackadaisical offensive performance against Ross Ohlendorf (who?!). The Brewers took their second straight from the fading Mets, pushing the Cubs 4 1/2 back. Tonight, the Cubs will play their final road game of the first half, then return home for a hugely important 11-game homestand.

As you will have noticed if you watched the game, the "Samardzija Watch" will be put on hold as he was indeed brought up Tuesday and we will now be able to "watch" him on TV. We watched him throw a scoreless 8th inning on Tuesday. Jose Ascanio was sent to Iowa to open the roster spot.

Windy City negativity

How could a laid back (seriously, since coming to the Cubs, he's been pretty chill) Floridian and a crazed, Spanish-speaking Venezuelan both be at the top of the list of managers players would least like to play for? Make up your minds, people!

Minor (league) matters

If you were planning a trip to Peoria to see the hot-hitting Josh Vitters, you need to head to Daytona instead. Vitters and fellow Midwest League All-Star were promoted to high Triple-A Daytona on Tuesday, and righty Andrew Cashner went from Daytona to Double-A Tennessee.

In other news ...

Mark DeRosa might have a sprained wrist.

DeRosa has a strained tendon and should miss just 3-4 games.

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