Happy 4th of July to my American friends!
That was a series, Cubs fans will likely forget. The Chicago Cubs were walloped 14-3 yesterday. They have now lost four in a row. in a series that saw catcher Miguel Montero get the call to the mound, the repeat of the NLCS was ugly.
When position players take to the mound, that has got to be one of the worst things to happen to pitchers. Starting pitcher, Jon Lester lasted only 1 1/3 innings.
“I hate seeing position players up there,” Lester said. “You never want to see position players on the mound.”
In a series that was dubbed,”Revenge” it turned into one of those monster flicks from the 1950’s like Creature From The Black Lagoon or Tarantula! yeah, that’s more like it. The one where they terrorized a town, but the only thing that’s more terrifying than the monster is the bad acting.
“It’s terrible. It’s just bad,” Montero said of the series. “They overplayed us, simple as that. We didn’t play good enough, we didn’t hit good enough, we didn’t pitch good enough. It was a sloppy performance for us. It’s simple.”
This series was like that. It was supposed to be a giant blue bear cub stomping Queens, but in the end, it turned out to be this guy doing all the damage.
I mean c’mon really?
It seems the Mets have the Cubs number lately. In fact, I’m just going to stop talking about that Mets/Cubs series. I used to have a soft spot for them, perhaps sympathy but since last October it’s different.
“It was a rough weekend — give the Mets credit,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “They really swung the bats well, and of course, they always pitch well. They got us this time, they got us last year at the end of the season. For me, it’s keep moving it forward. This is an easy game for me to forget about.”
The Cubs pitching was first going into the series, but they got roughed up and beaten badly, outscored 24 runs in just 16 innings. Hey, it was bound to happen, right?
“I feel they didn’t miss a mistake the whole series,” he said of the Mets. “Sometimes you run into a buzz saw like that. By no means is that an excuse for today, I have to do a better job getting some outs one way or another.”
They were outscored 32-11 in the series!
Today is July 4th and the Cubs begin a series against the Cincinnati Reds. They hope to turn things around and get back on track with Kyle Hendricks on the mound.