It was one of those days for the Cub’s rotation. Starter Jon Lester left in the second inning during the Cubs 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. It could have been the San Francisco sun that got to him, but then again, it could have been just the Cubs met their match.
“They’re going to have their days,” Anthony Rizzo said. “I’m sure he’s not too happy about it. If somebody thinks we’re going to win 140 games, I’d like to know what they’re on.”
Maybe our expectations have run the gamut when it comes to the storied franchise, I don’t know. The Giants have been outstanding this May so it didn’t surprise me. It’s funny though, a couple of years ago, the Cubs would have been lucky to steal a game in a series and now the Cubs are going through a “mini” slump and everyone’s wondering what’s wrong with the Cubs?
“We’re going to go through the ups and downs of the season, and this is one of them,” Rizzo said. “It’s part of the game.”
Perhaps that is the problem when a team is expected to win 100+ games. I get so caught up in the winning that I forget that baseball has its share of luck in it as well. A bad bounce, a line drive to first and that’s all it takes to change the momentum in a ballgame.
The Cubs are still sitting at the top of the MLB, but as the dog days of summer approaches when the weather shifts into high gear and injuries pile up, the Cubs might start to look in changing things up in the order.
With the scary injury to Jason Heyward things could go south in an instant. Luckily, the injury wasn’t too serious and he’ll be able to get in the lineup soon.
“I listen to my body, always, regardless of what the doctor’s telling me,” Heyward said. “I got to be smart, because it is May. We’re not in September right now. We’re working towards that, but this is not the time to push anything like that, especially when you got obliques and stuff like that involved.”
If anything, the loss last night is a character builder and will prep the team for the fall. Personally, I’ve always been afraid of the Giants. They’re that sneaky team that will beat you when you least expect them to do anything.
This is a good loss for the Cubs.
“A lot of things in that game I wish I could go back out and rethink through or throw another pitch, but it is what it is,” Jon Lester said.