Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Anatomy Of The Cubs Losing Streak

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Woof. You know it is a bad season when do not even notice a losing streak. Yeah, that's right. Until yesterday, I just thought the Cubs were doing business as usual. It was not until our Twitter friends started mentioning the 8-game losing streak that I began to realize what was happening.

In the grand scheme of things, though, losing streaks do not matter all that much. Losing 8 of the last 10 games really stinks, whether or not there's an 8 game losing streak pressed in there somewhere.

Over the last ten games, the Chicago Cubs have had some shiners and stinkers:
  • Carlos Pena has posted a decent .206/.333/.471 slash, knocking in 3 homers to boot. He has all but erased the last vestiges of his monstrous early-season slump.
  • Since May 29th, Starlin Castro has culled together a most unimpressive .184/.175/.263 slash. His .206 BABIP assures us he will regress finely, though, but little cold streaks like this are what compose slumps. Also, Castro leads the lead in errors right now, but is also second in putouts. Kind of mixed bag there.
  • In that same stretch, Darwin Barney has hit .286/.302/.357 — which is perfectly acceptable for a strong defensive shortstop. It is not, however, acceptable for a number two hitter (hint hint, Mike Quade).
  • Doug Davis has started twice over the last 10 games, going a combined 10.2 innings with a 5.91 ERA. Boy am I glad we were able to trade Tom Gorzelanny and cut Carlos Silva!
  • Meanwhile, Carlos Zambrano has also started twice, going a combined 15 innings with a dandy 1.20 ERA. At least the Cubs have somebody to trade.
  • Our recently-extended closer Carlos Marmol, on the other hand, has pitched 6 innings saved 2 games, blown 2 others, and altogether produced an atrocious 10.50 ERA. Does that mean extending Marmol was a bad idea? Eh, not really. He's much better than he has played these last ten games, but he is also a reliever, and therefore highly volatile.
Hey Cubs, how about a winning streak to put us — oh, I dunno — 2 games ahead of the last place Houston Astros?

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