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A number of Cubs’ bats are in the midst of a deep slump, which has coincided with the team’s six-game losing streak. I suppose that’s how these things happen. Today’s is the first game the Cubs have been shutout this year.

Jake Peavy did to the Cubs what he’s done to a number of teams this year, and Paul Maholm gave up some bombs. That was your ballgame, in a nutshell.

  • Fishin Phil

    Excuse me while I go vomit.

    • rcleven

      Move over Phil your hogging the bowl.

  • ry34

    hey at least two of our bullpen guys came in and didnt allow a run! forget 2013, i hope we can be competitive again by 2023! what a joke!

  • Serio

    I can’t FUCKING stand losing to the White Sox and listening to Fucking Hawk. This Cub team looks DEAD.

    • Rick Vaughn

      I don’t even mind losing to the Sox, just another team to me. But Hawk Harrelson makes me hate life.

    • ry34

      i think a few times, Stone and Squawk were actually fighting back laughter at just how much the cubs suck and trying their best to figure out how this cubs team can actually be taken seriously as a major league ballclub if that is still possible!

  • rcleven

    As much as I hate watching this garbage, Cubs players can’t be having fun showing up for work.
    Wait. They collect a pay check.

  • notcubbiewubbie

    nothing like wasting my time and money watching wash-up veterans that suck.please play the kids and somebody better explain to dale sveum that us cub fans don’t like losing to the south side trash. sitting de jesus and barney on saturday complete bs. please i thought this was the new cub way looks like old washed up junk to me. but remember they really like coyie hill. nough said.

    • Brady

      Well we had no choice at catcher really with all the injuries, and we did start Cardenas today (he looks worse than Barney, a lot worse. Even Da Jesus needs a break once in a while (I think it was the 7th day that he rested though, oh wait.) When this team can stop striking out they do much better and are a lot more intiguing to watch. They were all swinging at bad pitches and 2 pitches that I saw Stewart swing at were mistake pitches that he either missed or fouled off that should have been crused for that slam.

      • Njriv

        Cardenas was tearing up the minors, all this time he was sitting on the bench cooled him down, he has only had like 15 at-bats so far, and most of them came from pinch hitting he has not really played a consistent amount of games so not really enough to judge him yet.

        • rcleven

          Either a player can hit or he can’t. Cardenas can’t.

          • Njriv

            Based on only 15 or so at-bats? Rizzo tore up Triple-A and had 150 or so a-bats in the majors and struggled mightily. They both did and Rizzo is still doing great in the minors this year, so by that train of thought why should I believe in Rizzo?

            • rcleven

              Rizzo is not a career minor league player. Has higher upside. Rizzo is not guaranteed to to be what is claimed of him but has reached his AAA level and exceeded.
              Defensively Cardenas has been given two opportunity’s to play second. He has not been impressive with the glove or the bat ( has failed to turn double play not once but twice). AAA pitching is not MLB pitching.

              • Njriv

                I understand that, but all im saying is 15 or so at-bats is far to early to judge someone.

                • rcleven

                  Fair enough. Barney is not the answer for second either but is still the best we have at present time.

              • Cooper R

                You’re basically saying Cardenas is a career minor league player but that’s exactly what had been said about LaHair and look what happened. Sure Barney plays great D but, like Njriv, I’d like to see Cardenas get more starts.

                • rcleven

                  Cardenas is what he is. A career B/U. LaHair is a different story. He has always hit. He was always stuck playing behind a player assumed better. LaHair could have been playing first in Chicago two years ago. Hendry went a different direction.

                  • Njriv

                    Cardenas had a pretty good minor league career, not as good as LaHair, but all I am saying is before we can tell if hes good enough to be in the Majors, he needs more opportunities than a a pinch hit appearance and one start a week.

                  • BT

                    Rcleven, you need to check your stats. LaHair was given 150 Major League at bats in 2008, and he put up an OPS of .661. In 2007 he hit 12 HR’s in 600 ab’s in the minors. Even in 2009, his numbers were good, not great for a first baseman (Matt Murton and Jason Dubois had better OPS’s, and Brian Dopirak was right behind him). Cardenas might be a bum, but any judgement you want to make at this point would be a quicker snap judgement than any made on LaHair.

  • Derrick

    No offense at all. Thanks Theo & Co. Keep up the great work.!!!!!

  • Njriv

    My thoughts on the Cubs so far:

    Defense: Has really improved from last year. DeJesus and Stewart have been good upgrades on defense so far.

    Starting Pitching: Outside of Volstad the starting pitching has been great, much better than anyone probably expected. They also have nice depth with guys like Wood, Coleman and Rusin.

    Offense: The offense out side of the 4th hole has really been bad.

    Bullpen: The Bullpen has really been terrible, Dolis and Russell have been decent and Camp was a nice addition.

    My two cents: I think calling up Jackson and Rizzo and moving LaHair to LF would shake up the line-up in a good way. I personally would like to see Cardenas play more either at 2B or 3B, and have Barney come off the bench from time to time. Cardenas was performing pretty well in Triple-A. Another thing, barring their health, I would like to see more of Castillo and Clevenger to see what what we have. I would also would like to see Belliveau be added to this bullpen, I think he would have a positive impact. I personally don’t think we are going to know what exactly we have in Stewart until the end of next season, since he missed most of least year he is using this year to get back into it. He was hitting into a lot of bad luck for the last few weeks.

    Deadline/Offseason moves: I think the Cubs should trade anything they can for decent bull-pen arms and maybe a young starting pitcher. I think they should extend Garza, go after Cole Hamels (I dont think I need to explain) and I would also like to see them add another big bat like an Ethier.

    Thoughts?

    • CubFanBob

      agreed with everything you said. What was our record at this time last year ?

      • Njriv

        I checked, on this date they were 19-24, going into the Red Sox series in Boston.

    • rcleven

      Like the idea of bringing up Rizzo but instead of moving LaHair to left move him to right moving DeJesus to center.

      • Njriv

        They dont even fully trust LaHair in Left, no way he plays right. RF at Wrigley is arguably the hardest to play in the majors.

      • Diesel

        Right is the hardest outfield position to play at Wrigley.  You put your worst outfielder in left.  So keep DeJesus in Right and put LaHair in Left.

        • rcleven

          Unless Sorri can be moved this won’t happen. LaHair is not terrible in out field. My concern with LaHair in right is arm issues. I would gladly give up a little defense for two bats with pop.

  • Stu

    AAA talent. Major league prices. Why not just drive to Iowa and watch a game?

  • Mysterious4th

    1) this years team will not go on a winning streak of more then 3 games, it will be more of a won 6 of 8. The ball club isn’t playing consistant enough to even put up more then a few 3 game winning streaks.

    With that being said……

    In order to entertain the notion of multipul winning streaks the cubs should consider a few options

    A) bring up rizzo, and put soriano on the DL even if it is for 2-3 weeks of having him up in the bigs. Maybe he can shoot a little life into a ball club that’s playing like they lost their best friend (insert hendry, quade, zambrano jokes here).

    B) trade dempster for a decent prospect or a big leagueger that has the possibility to turn it around

    C) possibly explore the thought that the hitting coach just isn’t getting his job done like his track record shows he has done in the past -tough pill to swallow, I know-

    D) drop jeff baker and bring up a youngster (again rizzo could take his spot and BJax takes soriano’s spot since I don’t think he is totally ready for the bigs unlike rizzo. That’ll give the staff a chance to look at him for the 3weeks or so soriano is on the

    • Cooper R

      Since Baker is not an every day starter it wouldn’t make since for Rizzo to take his spot. If Rizzo is going to get called up he’s going to start, not be a utility man (he can only play 1b anyways). Plus we need to wait on Rizzo so we don’t lose a year of control although things are looking quite desperate. I’m patient enough to wait another month and I hope management is too.

      • Mysterious4th

        I ment his spot on the roster, he needs to play everyday. Hence campana going to the bench, BJax in center, LaHair to LF and rizzo at first.
        The cubs will lose out on a fair amount of money from tickets, merchandise, ect at Wrigley if they don’t do something or fans won’t go to the ballpark in the size crowds they’ve been going. And what they’ll lose could pay for that year of service. We don’t have to keep rizzo and BJax for the whole season but give the fans a real look at our future and then maybe there will be a little bit more patience thru the fanbase

        • Cooper R

          The problem is that if you put Soriano on the DL and Rizzo starts raking then what do you do when Soriano is back? I think once Rizzo is in the bigs he’ll be there to stay and you can’t bench Soriano, so this is the real dilemma. Also I don’t see a point of rushing Brett Jackson just to keep fan interest. Cubs fans are loyal enough (in my opinion) to keep interest without having to rush a developing prospect just to fill seats.

        • Mrp

          I really don’t think Jackson is ready yet though so I would rather have him stay down until he is. If he isn’t figuring it out in the PCL, then I doubt he comes up to the bigs and figures it out. That K rate is still crazy and his two strike approach seems to consist of swinging for the fence.

          We absolutely need to keep Rizzo down until late June to make sure we keep the extra year of control. After that, I’m 100% behind him coming up and LaHair going to left. We just need to be patient until then even though many of us would like to throw something through the television when watching this team.

  • Mysterious4th

    DL, and baker’s spot is filled with rizzo and campana can go to the bench.

    But these are my thoughts. Since this team is playing at a little leaguers level and I fully think the latest team to win the little league WS could beat us at this point! I am still hopefully like I have been all of my life….its always the year the cubs can turn it around mentality.

    (Sorry it posted before I was done. My laptop has a mind of its own on some days)

  • Randy

    Brett, so I am starting to think we should just keep Marissa Miller all year long. She is our best chance of winning!!

    • ry34

      lets give marissa a glove, bat and some batting gloves! she can’t do any worse!

  • sean allums

    Every fuckhead Sox fan I know has busted my balls at least once today. Tough to take year in and year out. Can we just take a series from these guys once fer Christ sake???

  • truebluecubbie

    I’m trying to be mad about what has happened so far this year, but I just can’t. I knew we were not going to be competitive so there is no reason to get upset. I just keep hoping for a turnaround. I, however, don’t see it happening so I am not getting my hopes up. At least in my video game the Cubs are 105 and 7. They should win the world series in it. lol

  • MichiganGoat

    So glad I spent the day on the beach, at least I didn’t have to see this, but the sky is not falling we are better than last year. Relax and have patience it takes time to fix what Hendry built.

    • ry34

      While you are right about taking a long time to fix what hendry drove into the ground, i can’t honestly think we are better than last year:
      we are 6 games worse than last year at this point, our offense is absolutely atrocious, our bullpen is worse than last year, our starting pitching is better i will contend but before we know it, we will be 20 games under .500 and that will be with about a month to go before the all star break. i can appreciate your optimism and hope that you are right but this team is an abominal trainwreck.
      We will run the sweep streak to three after Houston destroys us and we might win one game in Pittsburgh. So this time next week, we will be 16-31 Wrigley will be a ghosttown after the break.

      • MichiganGoat

        It’s not about win/loss record. We have gotten younger, got rid of a cancerous starter, playing much better defense. We may have a worse record but it doesn’t mean we are a worse team than last year. We are laying the groundwork for a constant contender vs. chasing one good season. Have a deeper vision and this team looks fine.

        • calicubsfan007

          Don’t worry, these guys that talk the most crap now are going to be the same guys who will be congratulating themselves about how they “knew” the Cubs were going to win it all with Theo and that they had the utmost, unwavering, loyalty to the Cubs all along. Always happens.

        • Cubs1967

          hmm……..so the W-L record is worse but the team is not?……..

          sure it is; I’ve got some cheap swampland in Florida for ya to; not in a flood zone.

          this team is P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

          • MichiganGoat

            Sorry pal but if all you are looking at W/L record your missing a lot of baseball. Development is happening and I find it amazing how after a few wins everyone is starting to think we can contend and after a few losses everyone starts crying and going all Chicken Little. And remember Disneyland is built on a swamp.

            • cubs1967

              how bout you show where there is development……….??

              U must mean koyie hill. or reed or baker or dewitt or mather–which JH reject is being developed?

              gotcha!

              • Njriv

                Theo and Jed are not magicians nor are they Jesus Christ. If you have been paying attention to the cubs this at all this past off season, you would know their plans were not to drastically change the roster for this year, it will be done over the course of the next couple of years. This team was left in a horrible state, and you can’t expect Theo and Jed to come in and change this team into a contender in a matter of months. There are going to be bad seasons like this one, knowing that now, sit down and shut up and wait with us for the days that they are in the playoffs every year or just stop watching and complaining everyday, because that is not going to solve anything.

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                So the emergence of Samardzija as a good starting pitcher doesn’t count as development in your book?  What about DeJesus establishing himself as a pretty good lead off hitter (by OBP, that is), or the defensive improvements of Barney and Castro up the middle, or the emergence of Dolis as a potential closer of the future, or the entire story that is Bryan LaHair, or the Cubs redefining the very concept of defensive shifts in a way the league has never seen before, or Ian Stewart (after a slow start) looking like a viable long term option at third, or… do I really need to keep going?  Does none of this count as development?  I have a hard time believe even the most rapidly anti-Theo, Cub-bashing Cardinal fan would have a hard time denying that there is no progress, no development, nothing positive at all in any of that.

                I think MG is absolutely right.  There is a lot of good stuff going on that is going to pay dividends over the long haul.  The Cubs are not going to contend this year, but the ground is being cleared and foundation laid for that contention to take place.  Any fans who can’t stomach that sort of rebuilding are going to be in for a rough season.

        • The Dude Abides

          Were not that young just a bunch of retreads we don’t have any rookies playing except our 29 yr old 1st baseman.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Dolis should have rookie status.

            Edit: So should Clevenger when he gets off the DL.  Castillo I’ll have to double check on, but I don’t think he had exceeded that at bat limit to qualify as a rookie before the start of the season.  Adrian Cardenas is also a rookie (though, admittedly, not playing much).

          • King Jeff

            LaHair isn’t a rookie.

  • Kevin

    I’m sorry, but there is absolutely no excuse for this level of performance at the major league level by the Cubs. I’m not alone with my thoughts based on what other people are writing too. There is nothing Theo has done except trading for Rizzo that looks good so far. How can the Ricketts family expect fans to pay top dollar for tickets and concessions to watch this crap? Lower the prices similar to a minor league game until you can field a team that shows some promise. I give thanks to other fans who also vented!

  • http://75%Elmhurst Bruce Berndt

    I’m a BLN newbie. First time commenter but a LONG TIME Cub fan. I’ve been here for 75% of the Cub non World Series. (That means that I’m over 76 years old, eh?) To get old stuff out of the way I like the 7th inning stretch song fest and I like “Go Cubs Go” when they win though we don’t hear it often enough lately. The ball park should create and allow opportunities for fun that are not just baseball related. Amen!!!
    My take on an early call up of Rizzo and BJax is to allow them to gain as much confidence and experience in AAA as possible and save a year of control. When they get up here sit Sorry (oops, misspelled Soriano) and then put your best lineup on the field every day.
    I hate to dump on Sveum already but how can you play backups to what is pretty much a AAA team when you are on a National Saturday night game against the hated crosstown rival???? Is he trying to get Dempster to agree to a trade?
    PS: Never to old to vote for Marissa Miller!!!

    • MichiganGoat

      Welcome

    • calicubsfan007

      The Dempster thing is probably true. It probably is only a matter of time.

  • calicubsfan007

    I missed the game today, and really sad that we got swept. Was the game worth watching?

    • rcleven

      Ya if your a Sux fan. Paul had a quality start after six. Never for one minute did I think we were even in this one.

  • Cubs1967

    here’s a thought for ricketts; while they are not scheming to defeat pres. obama, if I go to a restuarant and the steak costs $10; and is just OK, next time I go it’s $15 and not so good; do I go again when the steak is $20 and the restuarant expects all tips to be 25%?
    the answer is NO.

    so why should the taxpayers give you $150M when each year since you took ovet the tix prices are higher and the team has been worse (1st time since the late 1940’s the Cubs will finish with a worst record 3 yrs straight).

    as a fan since the early 1970’s and lived thru jerry morales-dave rosello-george mitterwald-and carmen fanzone; WTF is going on at clark and addison?????

    tommyboy——–team theo———-anyone with a answer……….bueller………bueller…….

    104 yrs and counting; there is NO grace period.

    • Jimmy james

      This is getting old dude, everybody on here knew this was going to be a long season. A nice stretch made it look like the team was coming together but they are what they are…they have to pitch lights out to win bc they don’t have enough offense. They could have gone the way of the last few years patching the team together with overpaid and past their prime players, would that make you feel better about prices? This is year one of Epstein, let’s give him a couple before we right him off……….You want lower prices, it will take longer to put something significant on the field……..

      • MichiganGoat

        Thank You Jimmy, I knew a rational mind still existed. Trolls will be trolls I guess.

      • calicubsfan007

        Great answer Jimmy.

    • MichiganGoat

      So basically every post of yours needs to go all political, THIS IS A CUBS BASEBALL BLOG!

      • calicubsfan007

        I hate when politics get mixed up with sports. You are right Michigan.

    • Andrewmoore4isu

      The cubs are taxed out the ass by the city therefore they should be ENTITLED to tax payer money, especially when Wrigley makes the city a
      Shit load.

      • Eric

        really? what is the “Cubs” effective tax rate.

        • Andrewmoore4isu

          10.675

    • King Jeff

      I don’t really want to get into this, but you do know that ticket prices have gone up every year but one since 1991, right? They dropped by a few cents for a year, and then went right back up. This is not something that is unique to the Ricketts owned Cubs, and there were some much worse teams in there with ticket prices that got raised that year.

  • Cooper R

    One positive comment in a sea of disappointing ones: Starlin’s defense has been great lately, seems calm and is making good throws

  • Kevin

    No need to dump on Sveum, he’s Theo’s puppet and simply doing what he is told. News flash, the Cubs are laying down for a better draft pick, that is total BS. Take the money you are saving and use it toward Wrigley renovations, no need for a billionaire to steal from the city or the state.

  • Cheryl

    Give it time. There will be disappointments and there is a lot that needs changing. But would you rather have last year’s team? Things need improvement but we won’t see that improvement until more changes are made. Everyone talks about how good Rizzo will be But he or anyone else on this team can’t win it alone.

    • MichiganGoat

      Precisely Cheryl

    • TrueblueCubbie

      agreed

  • TrueblueCubbie

    Cubs1967 isn’t a fan. He is a piece of ****. If you don’t like the product, stop watching and supporting and go be a fan of a different team. As frustrated as we are as fans, I’m sure the front office and everyone else associated with the Cubs is also frustrated. I’m pretty sure they don’t like losing either.

    • calicubsfan007

      You are so true, blue Cubbie. 1967 needs to support the team or shut up. I am all for free speech, but it shouldn’t violate a person’s reputation unfairly.

      • cubs1967

        really……….support this team. what an internet coward; how bout you shut the fuck up. i can root for my team and express frustrations. it’s called freedom of speech.
        grow the fukc up.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Freedom of speech does not apply here – you don’t get to say whatever you want. Clean it up. That means drop the excessive swearing, and the direct attacks on other commenters.

          • MichiganGoat

            I was just about to send the same response. One of my bigger frustrations with people is when they don’t understand what freedom of speech actually means.

    • cubs1967

      fukc you. you don’t know me from a hole in the wall; everything i said was a fact. and i’m entitled to; don’t like it don’t read it.but no way does an internet coward call me that.

      • Rick Vaughn

        What is this word fukc and why is it so necessary to use repeatedly? I guess judging by the content of your posts, it somehow does fit in with the rest of the rambling nonsense.

        • Cooper R

          It’s short for Fukudome, he just really misses him

          • calicubsfan007

            Although I am pissed, that is funny. (=

            • MichiganGoat

              I once got into an epic battle with someone on here, here’s a suggestion ignore him (I know it’s hard). He wants people to argue with him and call him names- the only thing we can do is ignore the Pink Elephant and hope it goes away, and avoid calling each other names.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Direct attacks are not acceptable. It doesn’t matter how annoyed you might be, name-calling must stop. Be big boys and girls.

  • Cubbie fan lost in Atlanta

    The disappointment of being a Chicago Cubs fan.
    A documentary that just keeps on building.
    Written by (Cubbie fan lost in Atlanta)
    As last season ended all of us (Cub fans) where disappointed, we had every right to be. ANYBODY who thought last years team was a playoff “contender” had to be crazy. We knew the Cubs where going to be bad. And we all knew the Cubs where going to be bad this year. Our lone bright spot this off-season was getting Mr. theo Epstein. ( and Rizzo) When Theo came in, Chicago was electric we knew we had the right men in place. We had all the optimism in the world. We made a few trades in the off-season, Getting Rizzo from the Pods, and Stewart from the Rockies. Call it whatever you want, Stewart ISN’T the answer at third. And Rizzo has all the talent in the world, let’s just hope he pans out. Enough about the Off-season and more about the Present & future.
    When the season started, we where all saying, how bad this Cubs team was/going to be. They lost the first two games of the season, in heart breaking, gut wrenching fashion. The bullpen blew both. after a DISMAL start to the season, things got better, slowly, but surely. Castro is just being Castro. High batting average, lots of RBI’s, sneaky stolen bases, HORRIBLE eye, and bad OBP. Lahair has been a HUGE surprise, Yes, we all expected him to hit, but not this well. Soto, has been a huge disappointment, only reason he was playing still was to “Increase” his trade value, which has hitten rock bottom. Our starters have been better than expected (besides Volstad) Enough time on the lineup.
    Look guys, all i’m saying is we wern’t expected to be good. Yes, we went on a good stretch for a while and everybody started to think this team is actually good. It Isn’t. we where all expecting this, where just waiting on our future to arrive, as they get seasoned in the Minors. All I’m trying to say is, Hnag tough guys. I know losing is frustrating, but we’ve been doing it for 104 years. 1-2 more years won’t hurt. Give Theo time to make trades and excel in the Draft. where this team is now, and where it will be in two years will be drastically different. We have the Hope, We have the optimism, and most of all, We have the Most loyal fans in Baseball. In two years when where playing October baseball we then will see why we hired theo Epstein.
    Now that I will forever be the Laughing stock on BleacherNation, just remember one thing, I’m only 16. And a die Hard Chicago cubs fan.
    Sorry for grammar errors, and changing Subjects when I feel like it, I’m not the most organized writer in this world. HA-HA. Go Cubbies!

  • Cubs Dude

    Bottom line is the Cubs suck ass. I am not sure why everyone is trying to dissect why the Cubs are bad.. I thought the Cubs being REALLY bad this yr. was common knowledge. I get that we are all Cubs fans and don’t want to accept them not winning, but come on man… THEY SUCK… Why is anyone surprised? Shit talent = low win total……. Come on now.

    • MichiganGoat

      Agreed this team is bad and anyone paying attention knew it would be bad, but it doesn’t mean we can’t find positives in all this SUCK.

      • Cubs Dude

        I hear ya Goat. But it seems people are shocked at where the Cubs are at. IMO without the all star play of LaHair this team is historically bad, just like most thought when the season started. Theo and Jed got some work to do, obviously…

  • Cub Gone Wild

    this is what I would do if I had the reins for a day.
    Rizzo to 1b, LaHair to LF, DeJesus to CF, Jackson to RF, Vitters to 3b, Clevinger to catcher when he comes back. I flip a coin on Johnson or Mather as 5th OF. Campana is my 4th and late inning base stealer and spot starter. Stewart to the bench as a pinch hitter, Soriano to the bench as pinch hittter, I leave the rotation alone now that Wood has been called up. Bullpen is my dilema. I go young and stay committed. Bring up Coleman and Russo, keep Camp as my guy who cleans up messes. Dolis and Russell stay, DFA the rest. They suck and they are not going to get better. If we have anyone at AA that can get people out I give them a shot. I would give the guys their roles on day 1 and tell them we are going with them. At this point there is nothing to lose and it can’t really get any worse. Stewarts hit the end of his leash as far as I’m concerned. Cardenas only gets to stay because there is no other alternative unless I got a real wild hair going and brought up Junior Lake and told him he was the new second baseman and not to worry just play like Starlin. I think the coaches on the Cubs staff can coach him up at second and he will drive in some runs. Play the best talent we got and let the chips fall where they may.

    • Robert

      I’m all for this Idea. LET THE YOUNGSTERS PLAY, instead of playing WASHED UP vets like Baker, Johnson, Soriano, Mather. Play the youth, and let them develop on there own.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        The problem with the “play the youth, and let them develop on there own” view is that if the young guys fail to produce, then it will be claimed that they were “rushed” and “lost confidence.”  Historically, there is no really strong pattern either way: some guys have initially struggled and then improved, others have initially struggled and continued to struggle.  However, there is no obvious benefit to bringing them up now and some obvious detriments (i.e., loss of control a year earlier than necessary).

    • TrueblueCubbie

      Good thing you are not in charge.

  • Nick Nesler

    In the press confrence after the game Dale was talking about maybe switching around the top 3. Im guessing that would be moving Dejesus to the 3 hole since hes been killing it and then sliding Campy and Castro up a spot. Not a huge change but i guess you gotta try something.

    • Cubs Dude

      Interesting… I’d like to see Castro bat first again.. He’s probably the worse person to hit behind Campana too.

  • Jcubsfan

    First post, been looking on the site for a while. So far what I have seen from Sveum has been unacceptable. Shoulda went to Boston. The Cubs may have the worst bench right now in the majors, yet Dale is sticking all of them out there when the White Sox worst pitcher is on the mound. Also he has to stop giving DeJesus days off against lefties. I understand the matchups but he is a proven veteran and is one of the teams better hitters. Maybe if our backup outfielders were better I would let it pass. Hopefull better play (and Anthony Rizzo) are coming.

  • N8theGr8

    Hey Brett…Maybe you should temporarily change the name of this site to “BleakerNation.com” poundsign: just sayin’

  • calicubsfan007

    Is there any way to talk to 1967 without him getting pissed? Jeez. No one ever calls me coward. Just expressing my opinion, I respect 1967’s. Why the hell doesn’t he return the respect? Not cool dude.

    • Cooper R

      Just let him talk to himself, man

      • calicubsfan007

        Seriously thinking about doing just that. I don’t mind that he has different opinions from me, I actually enjoy a good debate. Just don’t crap all over people’s character, thats all I ask.

    • Andrewmoore4isu

      Someone called
      Him a piece of shit which pissed him
      Off. Would piss me
      Off to to be honest

      • calicubsfan007

        I didn’t though, what the hell? I am pissed that he called me a coward. That is uncalled for. We are supposed to represent different aspects of the cubs, yet we are still fans of the Cubs. I don’t get the point of the name calling or character attacking of Cubs fans here.

        • calicubsfan007

          I am not really pissed about the f- you line, been on the receiving end of that enough times to not really care anymore. Just don’t attack my character please. If 1967 viewed what I said as attacking his, I apologize. By no means did I intend that. I just meant that people who say they are fans of a team should support the team through the thick and thin. That’s all.

      • Cooper R

        Yeah fair enough, but it is the internet and we’re all Cubs fans…no need to even respond to trash talk on here

  • Dan

    I went to the Cubs shutout game yesterday, my first Cubs game all season, and let me tell you, it was brutal. I sat with my girlfriend in the right center bleachers and all I heard was sox fans cheering and hollering. Only bright spot of the day was that I was able to get two balls from batting practice. I’d trade those balls for a win though any day. I know the Cubs were going to be bad this year, but its just hard to witness it in person. Maybe they’ll show more fight next year.

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