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The Cubs were almost certainly not going to beat Clayton Kershaw no matter who was pitching for them. I get that.

But that doesn’t stop me from being pissed off that, once again (again-again-again), things played out exactly as predicted: James Russell didn’t give the Cubs a chance to win, and the bullpen was flawless. We passed frustration weeks ago. I’m almost numb, and I’ll no longer be surprised if the Cubs elect to go with Russell for yet another start. If you’ve done something absolutely insane and indefensible four times, what’s five or six, right?

  • Sam

    Words cannot describe how disappointed in the cubs right now. We had a very real chance to win that game. 0… 0 ER for the Bullpen!! Had Russell not been pitching we might have actually won… I really want to know how the fuck Quade and Hendry can possibly come close to justifying the decision to start Russell…

  • Jared

    Honestly, at this point, with how well Samardzija has been doing out of the ‘pen, I would actually like to see him get a couple of starts. Get him in there while his confidence is high. Also, as for the Ehanced Box, Soriano himself is wasting it, by not hitting those dingers with runners on base. He left TWO runners in scoring position today, but all of a sudden it makes it okay if he hits one solo shot? Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic that he has 11 HR already, but aren’t 10 of those solo shots?

    • willis

      If it hasn’t happened yet, it isn’t going to happen. More of Quade’s “interesting” managing. It is very obvious he is throwing the ball very well, but he has been for awhile now. For some reason Quade and Hendry are not giving him a spot start instead of Russell. And I can hear there reasoning right now in my head.

  • Spencer

    To me this game is more disappointing than the D-Backs game this weekend. Russell once again gives up more runs than he had IP, the bullpen was once again amazing, and the Cubs as a team once again failed with RISP. Not to mention Pena had another solid 0-4 evening.

    As for the above comment, it’s not Soriano’s fault that he’s batting in the order behind people that aren’t getting on base. It’s not his fault his HRs are also shots…he’s not going to hit one every AB. Yes, he did leave men on base last night, but more of his HRs wouldn’t be solos if Quade moved him up behind people that are hitting well…AKA neither Byrd nor Castro should be batting third. Soriano should be.

    • Sam

      I agree it should be castro leading off, barney second and soriano batting third.

  • Spencer

    To me this game is more disappointing than the D-Backs game this weekend. Russell once again gives up more runs than he had IP, the bullpen was once again amazing, and the Cubs as a team once again failed with RISP. Not to mention Pena had another solid 0-4 evening.

    As for the above comment, it’s not Soriano’s fault that he’s batting in the order behind people that aren’t getting on base. It’s not his fault his HRs are solo shots…he’s not going to hit one every AB. Yes, he did leave men on base last night, but more of his HRs wouldn’t be solos if Quade moved him up behind people that are hitting well…AKA neither Byrd nor Castro should be batting third. Soriano should be.

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