It’s rare that a team “story” so fully develops within five games, but, man, the Cubs played their part perfectly again today. Great starting pitching? Check. Very good bullpen performance? Check. Some hits from Emilio Bonifacio? Check. Lots of baserunners? Check. Zero hits with runners in scoring position? Big fat bleeping check.

The Cubs are now 4 for 40 with runners in scoring position this year, which is fairly insane. If there were hitting just .250 with RISP, they’d have six more hits in that situation, and would likely have a couple more wins. Instead, they’re 1-4.

At least Starlin Castro had a good game, Anthony Rizzo had a couple hits, Justin Grimm looked fantastic, and Jeff Samardzija was nails. Not that it translated to a win.

So many things to be tired of already this year. Pesky second baseman on opposing teams are a big one, too.

april 5 box

Full box score.

  • Required

    Well, at least the White Sox lost today too.

  • cubmig

    ….was away and didn’t get to hear, see the game or the score result till right now. I couldn’t help but zero in on Brett’s comment about the stinging risp problem growing worse. I may sound like a one-note critic, but the spoils of the Cubs’ losses can be dissected down to blown opportunities to take advantage of risp situations. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Cubs NEED reliable hitters. I remain curious to see just how long the FO will stay the course they’re on.

    • Medicos

      According to the owner there is no Plan B. Whatever the FO has been doing for the past three years will continue to be done. Mid July numerous players on the present roster will be dealt to contending teams for minor league. prospects. The past three years the Cubs have averaged exactly 66 wins and 96 losses. That’s exactly what will continue happen. He strongly feels that Jed and Theo know exactly what needs to be done.

  • Required

    That’s what we all keep wondering. In case you missed it, bad day for the Cubs MiLB teams as well. Baez 2 more Ks. Tossed by the ump in the third inning. Iowa loses 11-1. Tennessee lost 5-0 in 6 innings. I assume rain. Bryant was 0-2 with a walk.

    • Don Eaddy

      Actually it wasnt all that bad. Daytona had 21 hits. Almora had 5. Hannemann hit a HR. And when I read the box I thought Baez got hurt at first, so when I saw at the bottom that he was ejected it was a mildly pleasant surprise.

      • SenorGato

        Candelario hit a HR and drew a walk!

  • Funn Dave

    Goddammit FO just extend Jeff you have so much fucking money….

    • willis

      Never going to happen. Shark is one of the, if not biggest asset on this roster. Which means he’ll be dealt for a coupe A pitchers and maybe a decent A+ bat.

    • YourResidentJag

      What’s probably going to infuriate you more. The Cubs aren’t going to get what they want during this trade deadline. Then, they’re going to be left trading Shark next year for a decent package but that of a rental player like Garza.

      • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers


        • Don Eaddy

          That Gif is mesmerizing

        • YourResidentJag

          That’s just awesome, Jason. :)

  • http://BN Sacko

    Our back up Catcher was batting 4th last year. It’s gotta get better this year.

  • http://deepcenterfield.mlblogs.com/ Jason Powers

    Break up the Marlins! Through 6 games, they have pounded out 40 runs with just 3 dingers. Giancarlo Stanton MONSTER MASH!

    Cubs: 5 games, 8 runs! 3 homers…But the pitching…yep. Ready for trade come June 30th.

    We are starting out kinda like Willie here:

  • Diehardthefirst

    Today’s lineup to include Sweeney Kalish and Valbuena? Olt at 1B ? Emilio at 2B? Barney at SS? Shake em up

    • Darth Ivy

      At the time, cashner for rizzo was a fine trade. I certainly welcomed the bat.

      But if the padres called today and wanted to undo that trade, I’d accept it in a heartbeat.

      • Darth Ivy

        Shit, wrong reply. My comment goes below

      • Jon

        Still way too early IMO. I think you have to let another season play out to make that judgement

      • Kyle

        I wouldn’t. Cashner’s still a pitcher with a history of arm problems. Every pitch could be hist last for 18 months.

        • Darth Ivy

          My comment isn’t easy to write. Afterall, there aren’t many Italians in MLB. Im a big rizzo fan (although, I wish he’d grow his hair out. He looked much more greaseball in 2012)

        • YourResidentJag

          I wouldn’t hold on to Cashner for the long haul but I wouldn’t have traded him for a player in a position that is more easily replicated than the offense he could have provided should he have played SS, 2b, C, or CF.

          • Darth Ivy

            That last part about positionthe scarcity is an excellent point that I use to support another trade argument. But I wont open that can of worms today.

            • Diehardthefirst

              Why not? Fishing season is here

              • Darth Ivy

                Because im suck of having the same discussions over and over again, with the same people writing the same things. Eventually, the situation will change to add a new aspect the debate.

                In other words, I respect dead horses. Ill wait until there’s a new alive horse

  • oneshotdan

    Not even a week in on 2014 and the season is LOST. Way to make us proud Cubs !
    Great Trade getting rid of Andrew Cashner for Rizzo…he’ll never be able to hit lefties…FRONT OFFICE SHOULD ALL GO TO HELL!!!!!
    It’ll be another 3 years (2017) before this team could be competitive….

    • bbmoney

      Don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

      • FFP

        I guess when a guy only has one shot, he thinks he has to try to throw a haymaker.

    • YourResidentJag

      I remember hearing Kevin Goldstein talk about Rizzo before being hired by the Astros. The media was all giddy about Rizzo’s potential and Goldstein stayed the course. He was realistic. He said Rizzo could hit for tremendous power but that Cubs’ fans shouldn’t expect him to hit for avg. I think we’re seeing this from him. I just wish a SP wasn’t involved in his acquisition.

    • Jon

      At worst, the Rizzo/Cashner trade has been a wash for the cubs.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Don’t the other team owners have veto rights on who the Cubs can bring in as minority owners? An IPO would raise more cash and allow fans to own

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