We, as fans, have probably become too good at throwing away games like this and moving on to the next.
I don’t mean that’s not a good thing to do – it is (nothing is gained by being all pissed about a blowout baseball game) – I just mean that we’re getting way too much practice at it lately.
Jon Lester didn’t get the strike zone he wanted, and he couldn’t seem to get by without out it. So, for sixth time in seven starts since July 1, Lester gave the Cubs a completely non-competitive outing. We are fast approaching the point of conceding either that (1) Lester was great early and is terrible for a reason now, or (2) Lester was very lucky early and is not getting as lucky now. I’m not sure which of those you’d be hoping for, as neither is good news.
Meanwhile, the offense failed to muster much damage when the game was still competitive, recording 11 hits on the day, but all of them singles until Ben Zobrist’s double with two outs in the 9th.
One of those hits was the 1,000th of Anthony Rizzo’s career, so that was neat, I suppose.
On to the next. The Cubs can totally beat Max Scherzer, right?