Should we start panicking? The Cubs are having a bit of a slump at the moment losing 7 of their last 11 games. They’re still first overall but does this mean that the mighty Cubs have some flaws? Last night saw the Cubs lose 1-0 against the San Francisco Giants and their second straight series loss.
“This is a snapshot. It’s May,” Joe Maddon said. “I want to be the best team in baseball but it doesn’t matter if you are now. After the last game has been played, that’s when I want to be the best team. Right now it creates wonderful conversation. It’s up to us to sustain it.”
Doggone it, he’s right. It’s only May. However, it is only may but when a team gets off to a great start the way the Cubs did and expectations are running high, it’s these slumps that have a cause for concern. Not the Oh My God, the season’s ruined type of alarm bells, but perhaps it’s time that they readjust their lineup. Mix it up a bit, you know?
During last night’s game, Javier Baez was called out at first after an attempted bunt but it looked like he was safe.
MLB Rule 7.08 states “a runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely.”
I’m not entirely sure though that this was the case in the Baez play. There were a few choice words from Maddon.
“I really don’t understand the call at all,” Maddon said after the game. “I really don’t. The point is he didn’t really get way out there.”
It was a tough loss for sure. Kyle Hendricks pitched well. Tonight, the Cubs look to find their winning ways again when they travel to arch rivals the St. Louis Cardinals. If there’s any series for the Cubs to turn around their fortunes, then it’s this one. John Lackey gets the start against his former team.
In other news, RP Neil Ramirez was DFA. He’s had a tough start to the season even though his numbers have been a respectable 2.20 ERA, 10.74 K/9 and 4.27 BB/9 in 65 1/3 innings of work.
“Neil has had a really wonderful young career with the Cubs,” Maddon said. “It’s hard to do that. Hopefully he’ll have a better opportunity to play somewhere else.”