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The Braves swept the Cubs in three close-ish games, and the Cubs have now lost seven of their last eight.

I’d make a joke about the Cubs being dominated by Aaron Harang, of all people, but he really has pitched well this year. The Cubs had chances throughout the game, but went just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, reminding folks that that’s still a thing.

Edwin Jackson threw a quality start, though it was of the minimally-quality variety, and it was enough to lose. James Russell gave up a two-run homer to Jason Heyward late, just to be sure.

There were a few nice games, but, generally, I’m hoping the Cubs’ players got their mothers very nice flowers for Mother’s Day, rather than leaning on this performance as a “hi, mom!” moment.

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Full box score.

  • geo

    Ps.asswipe, I live off of rental & intrest income retired at the age of 40. Concentrating on grammar & use commas makes diffrence or has no added benifit to me! I’m not a teacher, & I don’t grade grammar mistakes on 8th graders !!

    • Mike F

      That is great, don’t pay attention to them, they troll on the superficial. Believe me, our public school system in this country isn’t teaching much of anything. We are becoming increasingly illiterate so let the grammar police , the politically correct police, the snobs and elitist of all sorts rejoice….

      Your stuff is fine we can understand it and great you have had such success sincerely.

      • DarthHater

        A truly breathtaking display of some of the most egregiously asinine imbecility I have seen here – and that’s saying something. Congratulations.

    • gocatsgo2003

      [img]http://ih1.redbubble.net/image.11907026.4950/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg[/img]

      (No clue how to crop images or whatnot, but this just seemed too easy)

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      Those of us who are at least somewhat thoughtful and aware of the world around us tend to use English and grammar correctly, not due to concentration, but due to a comprehensive understanding of the language which permits a certain ease of use.

      Those who complain that they haven’t the time or inclination to “concentrate” on speaking and writing coherently unwittingly betray their own ignorance of not only grammar, but quite likely many other things in our world as well, thus rendering their opinions suspect.

      I understand that you’re quite the successful dude, living off rental and interest income (thank you so much for putting it all into perspective), and that, therefore, you have no need for further education, but please grant me one favor:

      Don’t EVER vote.

  • geo

    But if it makes you feel better,I’ll purposely take my time & correct my grammar for you instead of purposely rushing & NOT CARING . To make you understand your too bitter & miserable!!

    • D-andre Awesome

      Hoo-buddy, I don’t speak English right. That makes you wrong. I can’t be a teacher and never wanted to, so I don’t care–if I don’t learn students right it don’t matter…I post comments online so I win!!! I might be drunk but I’m gonna printed it’s because I’m a language rebel ninja.

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      Anyone else find it funny that in the post saying he will attempt to correct grammar, he misused your/you’re? It’s amazing to me that trolls always misuse your and you’re.

  • Spoda17

    I think this is going to be a dog-fight for first place… at the draft table between the Cubs and the Astros…

  • Jon

    You can’t really get on someone for grammar when the site allows no edit function.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah. It’s pretty amazing that you managed to post that sentence there without misspellings, comma splices, incoherent rambling, and unfollowable sentence structure without an edit button.

      *eyes roll out of the back of skull*

      • Jon

        I’m on my laptop now. :) I’ve posted before on my Iphone that just likes to bastardize everything I type via it’s silly autocorrect.

      • DarthHater

        Says the one guy here who gets to edit his typos. :-P

  • Pepitones wig

    Sorry if this was already covered, but are the Cubs on pace for a record for team strikeouts?

    • jp3

      Mike Olt, Junior Lake and co. do create quite the breeze in Chicago…

  • Blackhawks1963

    This team is likely to lose 105 games. Mind blowingly bad. I think there has to be a few roster moves this week. There is NOTHING at Triple A Iowa that looks to be ready to contribute. But painfully clear the Cubs need to bring in a new outfielder or two. Find some veteran begging for a job…call the Dodgers up and offer to take Andre Eithier’s lousy contract off their hands?!? Got to do SOMETHING in that outfield.

    • jp3

      Take on more salary? You’re hilarious, I’d love to have either in the OF but no way we spend any cash this season also the dodgers don’t seem to be worried about taking on a lousy contract.

    • YourResidentJag

      Vernon Wells?

  • Jon

    Nelson Cruz (.278/.347/.549) could have been had for a pittance but they passed.

    How nice would his bat(defense be damned) look in left field?
    In a offense-starved game, what prospect would he fetch at the deadline?

    But ya know, can’t pass up a chance to draft the next Rob Zastryzny

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Just think – if the Cubs had Nelson Cruz, they might be 13-23 or maybe even 14-22!

      • Jon

        Probably. But his production might make this team a bit more fun to watch. And again, if he keeps this up, he would be a pretty valuable deadline flip piece.

        And weren’t people ripping the Orioles for the signing? Saying it wouldn’t put them over the top. Well look where they stand as of today.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I think most folks thought it was a great deal for the Orioles, and made sense for them.

        • Norm

          I’ll take the 2nd round pick over the excitement of Nelson Cruz playing the OF.

          • Jon

            I’ll take the prospect he fetches at the deadline over a 2nd round pick.

            *It really should read “the prospect he could have or would have fetched at the deadline”, as the Orioles are probably not “sellers” this year.

      • Brocktoon

        I hope I don’t ever hear you say how close this team is to being .500 if we just had a few things break differently.

        I also hope I don’t see the same posts after we pass on Melky Cabrera next season.

      • Kyle

        The fact that we’re still seeing this argument put forward in 2014 shows what an utter failure Epstein and Hoyer have been.

        • Noah_I

          Again, it depends heavily on your definition of “failure”. If you mean putting forward a more competitive team in 2014? Yes, the Cruz move was one relatively cheap move they probably could have made and gotten more value at the deadline than they will from the 2nd round pick.

          For whether the Epstein/Hoyer front office will be a failure depends on if the plan works or not, and they get through 2016 for me for that. If the 2016 team is at least a fringe contender (I’d say at least 85 wins) and the team appears set for success moving forward, they won’t have succeeded yet, but the possibility for the plan being a success (with the plan being providing the Cubs with their longest window of contention, well, ever) will still be intact.

          If, by that point, though, it doesn’t look like the prospects will pan out to, in one way or another, turn into a much better MLB roster than they have now? Then, yes, the front office will have failed.

          By the same note, I view neither the Astros’ current regime or the Twins’ current regime as failures, and those teams are following similar plans, with the Twins about a year ahead of the Cubs and the Astros a year or two behind them.

          • Brocktoon

            If your plan takes 4 years of awful baseball to produce a “fringe contender” then you are a failure.

            • Noah_I

              So let’s say I want to purchase a company, heck, even an old stalwart company that’s been losing money before I purchase it due to mismanage it, and I go to my investors and say, “I need five years to turn it around. Years 0-4 at least will be ugly, but, if I go according to plan, I can make all the losses up and make big profits starting in either year 5 or year 6.” And my investors go along with the plan. Lo and behold, after year 3, losses every year, despite the fact that I can show to the sort of infrastructural progress that I said would happen to lead to the future profits. Would my investors be wise to deem the project a failure at that point?

              The short version: no one inside baseball is calling the Cubs’ rebuild a failure. I trust them a lot more than fans who are annoyed/discouraged by the time the rebuild is taking.

              • YourResidentJag

                If it resembles what the Nationals have done, your investors would be wise not to call it a success.

                • YourResidentJag

                  Also, it almost has to be that Theo and Jed would have to win 85 games in 2016 just to keep their jobs. The certainty of that is well…incredibly uncertain.

              • Brocktoon

                Baseball as real life analogy fail.

                • Jon

                  And that ^

              • Jon

                If I told my investors that I had invested in the highest paid CEO available, then had to tell them to be patient, he can’t win without one the highest payrolls and that until then, we are going to be among the worst franchises out there, I’d imagine an investor or two might raise an eyebrow.

                • roz

                  Ooo, let’s find some other situations that aren’t analogous to baseball and use those as well.

                  • Jon

                    No more ludicrous than Noah_I’s analogy.

    • Noah_I

      As someone who did not want the Cubs to sign Nelson Cruz under any circumstances (not over PED issues, I thought his bat would have issues outside of Texas, although Camden Yards is quite hitter friendly in its own right), I’ll admit I was flat out wrong on that one. I’m curious if Cruz would have been willing to accept the 1 year/$8 million deal he took from the Orioles to go to a team to be a flip, and I still would not have wanted the Cubs to go two years on him for a deal that would largely be in his age 34 and 35 seasons, but, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have been worth matching the tender offer. He would have at least been very appealing at the trade deadline as a DH.

  • bigCEE

    Schierholtz on pace for over 500 at-bats and currently has an OPS less than .500 (it’s .499)…something has got to give here.

    • Noah_I

      He’ll likely get at least another month, in part because the Cubs lack other options aside from seriously, and pretty meaninglessly, being very aggressive with Bryant and/or Soler. None of the Cubs’ outfielders in Iowa are hitting well, and Alcantara isn’t going to get a call up to shift to CF with a .289 OBP. Maybe Logan Watkins gets a call up, but (a) he’s not a long term solution and (b) the value play for the Cubs is to see if Schierholtz can rebound and create some trade value. If Schierholtz is still struggling so greatly when Ruggiano returns from the DL, though, I’d expect to see Ruggiano get a lot of playing time.

      • Pepitones wig

        Forgot about Ruggiano. Cubs seemingly have unlimted supply of journeymen 4/5 outfielder types

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