Bad pitching and my losing streak continues

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.

Castro at the plate

Here I am on the field........Oh wait, that's Jeff Russell

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

2 Comments

I think you’re right. Pitching is the problem and the irony is that at the beginning of the season everyone thought that pitching would be one of their strengths.
—Mark Gauthier

http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

…….and today wasn’t any better. 10-0 !!! Ouch!!!

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