Hey, We Already Saw This Movie and Didn't Like It Then!—Cards 2, Cubs 1

For the second night in a row, the Cubs failed to support a deserving starting pitcher with any offense and they lost another low-scoring game to the Cardinals.

Ryan Dempster allowed just six hits, two walks, and two earned runs over seven innings, but the Cub bats failed to produce any scoring until Micah Hoffpauir delivered a pinch single in the ninth to bring home Milton Bradley. The Cubs, who saw Reed Johnson fan to end the game with the potential tying run on third base, mustered just six hits after collecting three against Joel Piniero on Tuesday night.

Looks like having starters with batting averages like .230, .193, .200, and .202 is beginning to catch up with our boys.

What do you think, Mr. Piniella?

"You always have a few people struggling, but not four or five in a
lineup. I mean, you could have four or five struggling in a 13-man
alignment with your bench, but we're talking about guys that are
regulars.

"So when that improves -- and it will -- you'll see our offense pick up and we'll do things with a lot more consistency."

Chris Carpenter, returning from injury, blanked the visitors for the first five innings and is now 8-3 lifetime against the Cubs.

Personally, I am looking forward to Carlos Zambrano's return against the Padres on Friday night. Aside from the hitters dealing with their myriad individual struggles, the regulars have to be feeling the weight of Aramis Ramirez's absence and maybe Zambrano will do something, anything, to jolt this team back awake.

To quote from Animal House, "I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part," and I'm feeling that maybe Zambrano will be the guy to do it.

Sean Marshall goes against Adam Wainwright in the series finale in Saint Louis Thursday night.

 

 

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That was some fairly sloppy baseball, too: Bradley's baserunning gaffe, Fontenot failing to get back to cover third on the bunt, Geo kendalling the throw to second. I would think Mt. Piniella is bubbling behind closed doors.

Then there was Fontenot dropping the pop foul.

"maybe Zambrano will do something, anything, to jolt this team back awake."

After watching the last 2 nights, I'm hoping the "something, anything" is Z batting 3rd or 4th and driving in a few runs

In a chat yesterday, Jim Callis said Jake Fox' defense is just a little bit better than horrific. But the bat seems OK. Any reason calling him up and playing him couldn't be the Animal House move? Maybe he's > Freel, or Scales, or Miles? Or Lee?

who does carpenter think he is, joel pineiro?

and what was the purpose of getting freel for this team- can't he out hit miles or scales or even fontenot at this time?

marshall as stopper, who'd a thunk it? here's hoping that that will be tomorrow's headline.

freel keeps patton company while they're both not playing.

damn 23 man roster.

And now Marshall v. Wainwright.

*sigh*

This team is terrible. Blow it up and let's try the Marlin's recipe for success, it's worked for them twice since 1997, we haven't done shit except shit our pants come playoff time.

For those scoring at home, that was a double shitter. No courtesy flushes were used.

Well the Cubs tried that from about 1950 to 2002, but it didn't work for us like it seems to for FLA.

DeRosa will haunt us after the Brewers grab him to replace Weeks...Bradley could blow any time...we ain't got a championship caliber bullpen...it's not just dark before dawn; it also gets real dark before tornadoes

Ugly Cub Baseball and even uglier rumors.

DeRo to Milwaukee rumors?

...and then there is this one:

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/20...

They're talking about Peavy to W Sox rumors on WSCR. Not sure how serious the rumors are, but it's interesting. If you ask me, the White Sox shouldn't be buyers at this point, they should be sellers. Yes, even in mid-May. They're that bad.

After seeing the Cubs the last week I'd pass on pitching. Find a bat.

To quote from Animal House, "I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part," and I'm feeling that maybe Zambrano will be the guy to do it.

Too bad Barrett's not around to beat up on anymore.

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