Whooo boy. That … that was a tough day.
In some perverse way, I find myself better grounded by being forced, ‘Clockwork Orange’-style, to watch the Cubs get swept in a doubleheader by an objectively bad team, with both games wildly frustrating. The Cubs are so good, and I think I needed a little pop in the nose to remember what Theo Epstein said: what the Cubs were doing was not baseball reality. Baseball reality involves a whole lot of losing (in addition to, hopefully, a lot more winning). And it sometimes involves losing to bad teams. Repeatedly.
Speaking of which, that loss marked the first time all season the Cubs lost back-to-back games. I can only assume you’ll take no solace from me if I tell you the Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
As for this game, there’s a lot to get into that’ll require a bit more space than an EBS (plus, most of you are pissed off right now, and, in my experience, you don’t read the EBS when you’re pissed off).
John Lackey was fantastic, Christian Bethancourt hit one ball extremely far, and Jorge Soler is legitimately struggling (really had some great opportunities and couldn’t cash in). That’s the bulk of the storyline stuff from this one.