For those who are too young, "Back Up the Truck" was the mantra of Leo Durocher when he took over the Cubs. He proclaimed they were not an 8th place team and he was right, they finished in 10th place. By the time he got them going they strung together a series of +.500 seasons that had not been bested for many years.
His contention was if guys were not doing the job why not give someone else a chance and he was right. So far Sweeney, Kalish, Barney, Valbuena and some others are pathetic. I know it is a short sample but a month from now if there is little improvement the cries will be overwhelming.
Pitching has not been our problem, it is not only lack of hitting, but timely hitting. The pressure to bring up some of the kids from the minors is going to be a huge drum beat if things don't turn around soon. Junior Lake was a surprise. Many thought he was brought up too soon and so far he has done better than expected. I wonder if there are any more down on the farm who might surprise us.
Hopefully we will find out soon.
I can forgive the first game loss to the Yankees but the effort in the second one was maddening. They looked like they were more interested in getting out of the cold than playing baseball. I said to my wife one of the biggest differences between the Yankees and the Cubs is the Yankees expect to win and the Cubs expect to lose. And why not based on performance?