That was an ugly loss. The Cubs were put out of their Colorado Rockies misery 11-2. The Cubs high priced ace Yu Darvish, struggled and exited the game after the fifth inning. Although he struck out eight, like Kyle Hendricks before him, he gave up his fair share of home runs.
There seems to be a difference of opinion in the way the Cubs have played.
“Overall, our approach [at the plate] hasn’t been terrible. We had good ABs. We’re going up there with a good mindset,” right fielder Jason Heyward said. “Some days, you’re just going to get beat.”
Now that is true, but coming from another high salaried individual, it comes across more of an excuse than the truth.
Here is the truth;
“That game belongs in Lake Michigan with some cement shoes tied around it,” Joe Maddon said. “That was awful.”
He should know. Maddon spends the majority of the game studying the players and shuffling lineup cards. He can take a look at Darvish and know that his 5th inning output adds up to a whopping 31.50 ERA
No offence Darvish because it really is like apples to oranges but that was my ERA in my softball league I played in, for one season.
“I was throwing the ball high up in the zone where they would usually foul it off, but like Iannetta, he hit it pretty well,” Darvish said through an interpreter. “I think they were just hitting the ball in the higher zone well in general today.”
That’s an understatement. The Rockies connected with seven home runs in two days.
The Cubs need to do something fast. Whether it’s keeping Rizzo in leadoff spot for a few more games or continuing with the struggling Ian Happ, whom I think will eventually break his slump.
“When a guy like him is struggling, he really needs to be out there more often than not,” Maddon said. “So there’s this balancing act going on right now. … I’ve just got to keep getting him out there as often as possible trying to find the right spots.
“I do believe when he gets out there, one of these games, he’s going to click a couple and all of a sudden he’s just going to take off after that.”
We remember Javier Baez going through the same process. The Cubs are a great team. They’ll get it back on track but it starts with Darvish.