Cub-Fan Misery Loves Company

It's not that there is absolutely nothing positive to say about the Cubs right now. It's that the positives are so deep beneath so much raw sewage, I just don't have it in me to go baling through the muck to uncover them.

Instead, I have decided that the best way to get through this latest low spot in this awful season is to find a National League team even more woeful than our Cubs.

There are some solid candidates:

— Our friends to the north, the Brewers, who have dropped three in a row to fall a season-worst 10 games under .500. They lost Monday to the Marlins when Ken Macha, whose job seems to be hanging by a thread, left his starting pitcher in one batter too long, and they lost Tuesday when Macha was forced to pull David Bush because of a blister and replaced him with Trevor Hoffman. Three hits, two walks, and three runs followed. Yes, that's Trevor Hoffman of the 11.65 ERA and imminent retirement party.

Of course, what's really miserable about the Brewers this year is that they're SO bad, they have dropped five of six to the Chicago Cubs. 

— The Diamondbacks, who have lost nine games in a row, including a 10-inning, 1-0 defeat at Los Angeles last night in which Dan Haren held the Dodgers scoreless for eight innings, threw a career-high 126 pitches, and had to settle for an ND. That came on the heels on a defeat Monday in which Arizona coughed up a 4-2, eighth-inning lead and lost 5-4 on a walk-off balk, which according to the AZ Snakepit blog, has happened less frequently since 1954 than perfect games. And, oh, yeah—the Diamondbacks' upcoming schedule includes a stretch in which they'll play, in order, the Cardinals, Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees, Rays, and Cardinals again.

Sounds miserable to me. The thing about the Diamondbacks is, they won 100 games and made the playoffs in their second year in existence (1999) and then won the World Series just two years later, so my attitude about Arizona is what it has long been: shut up and suffer. By Cub standards, you used up your good fortune for the next several decades back in 2001.

— The Astros, who are last in the NL Central, 18-34, 12 1/2 games out of first, and 5 1/2 games behind the Cubs. Houston tough guy/poster boy Roy Oswalt says he doesn't want to be an Astro any more. And owner Drayton McLane has established such a record for knuckleheadedness that Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle is pointing to the Cubs (!) and in effect saying, "Dammit, Drayton. Why can't we do business like those guys?"

So who is the most miserable of all? Right now, I would have to give the nod to the Astros. They get special woefulness points for bringing up the rear in baseball's most woeful division. On the other hand, they did take two of three from the Cubs when the teams met back in April here in Chicago, and the two clubs will be meeting again in Houston over the next few days.

Who says the Cubs won't have anything to play for in 2010?

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Lineup vs. LH Duke: riot, byrd, lee, nady (rf), rami, sori, soto, castro, z.

earn your money Z

Hard to believe the Stro's fans are more miserable. The Astros won the pennant in 2005. It looks more and more like I'm gonna die without every being able to see the Cubs do it.

Message for the worthless Ricketts owners: Your GM has been messing with the team for 15 years now. He's an absolute joke. If he were actually competent he should have won a pennant through sheer chance by now. Ten out of the 16 teams in the NL have won the NL pennant during Hendry's tenure with the Cubs. You bought a shitty organization with an uprecedented record of losing. Fix it or die, motherfuckers!

Astros fans are just indifferent.

non-existent?

Mostly they are waiting for football season to start. You never see anyone in Houston in a bad mood because the Astros lost the night before.

Sorry, I was mixing my miserables. I was thinking primarily of which team is in the saddest state, not so much whether their fans were the most anguished. If it was the latter, I think Cubs fans would be well out in front (as we are perpetually). I would also have to give a nod to Mets fans, who seem completely distraught 100% of the time.

I have no idea where these numbers came from. Hendry took over as GM in July 2002. Even if you count that year, only the Giants, Marlins, Cardinals, Astros, Rockies, and Phillies have made it to the World Series. That's just 6, and it seems silly to count 2002.

Hendry started in the Cubs organization in '95 is what I assume he's alluding to...

5 game playoff series is a bitch...

It is kind of hard not to become indifferent with this bunch. With a few exceptions, this team seems to have been overtaken by lifeless zombies, masquerading as DLee, TheRiot, ARam, etc.,. It's only June 2nd guys, you're gonna need to amp up on your lifesource energy. That or bring back PEDs. They've been phoning it in here since the '08 playoffs. Hard to watch and care.
I love the Cubs, but this shit is brutal.

White Sox fans hate their 2010 team too.

it's not very bright, but that's my season so far bright spot.

I'm surprised Z isn't battimg 4th. Damn Nada for going 4-4 yesterday.

What's not to like? Don't we all enjoy watching the Pirates beat us like a $2 whore?

I remember Letterman had a top ten list for the Mets. One of the things was an exhortation to keep on sucking. I think the Cubs got that memo when they got their plane tickets to Pittsburgh.

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  • has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”

    crunch 23 min ago view
  • I agree -- I think if you are a soft-tosser, you need a track record before you are taken seriously. If Kyle posts sub-3.00 ERA consistently and wins 15+ games a few times (and pitches more innings), he may have a shot at the award in a few years. Hopefully, he gets in the top 5 this year -- would be deserved and a nice boost for his confidence.

    billybucks 47 min 43 sec ago view
  • It's also possible that the Cubs have no intention of recalling Spencer Patton. Perhaps Maddon has seen enough of him, and Patton will eventually be one of the players cut to make room for others who will be added to the 40 in September.

    Arizona Phil 49 min 33 sec ago view
  • I doesn't know what your talking about.

    Sonicwind75 54 min 7 sec ago view
  • Maybe it's to get him some game action. He's only pitched for the Cubs once in the last 10 days. I don't really care much about him going down since he's sucked when up here.

    I really want Rivero to be called up.

    chitownmvp01 59 min 15 sec ago view
  • CHITOWNMVP01: It is indeed odd that the Cubs did not just wait one more day to recall LaStella.

    As far as Spencer Patton is concerned...

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • Why didn't they wait until tomorrow to call up TLS? Don't they have to wait 10 days to bring Patton back up now?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • Cubs assigned to Mesa Solar Sox (AFL):

    Victor Caratini, C
    James Farris, RHRP
    Ian Happ, 2B-OF
    Eloy Jimenez, OF
    Ryan McNeil, RHRP
    Steve Perakslis, RHRP
    Duane Underwood Jr, RHSP

    Brian Lawrence, Pitching Coach

    Jimenez, Happ, Caratini and Underwood are among the Cubs Top 10 Prospects, and playing in the AFL should help speed their development.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Outstanding.

    Jackstraw 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • So presuming he remains on the MLB Active List for the balance of the MLB regular season, Tommy LaStella will be at 2+102 MLB Service Time at the end of the season, far short of what he would have needed to accrue to have a chance at "Super Two" status post-2016. (Even if he had remained on the MLB Active List for the entire season and finished at 2+124 MLB Service Time, he still would have only been "on the bubble" for possible "Super Two" status post-2016).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • I don't know about the defensive part of the equation, the fact all the Cubs pitchers are so ahead of their FIP makes me think it's a lot more defense than anything special Hendricks is doing.

    Rob G. 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • Thanks, jacos! I love a good Alice Cooper group performance video -- especially when it corresponds with a shrinking, division-clinching magic number!

    JoePepitone 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • TLS up and playing second today. Spencer Patton to Iowa to make room.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • Yeah that article describes what I said in my other post about WAR. BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is a better predictor of future performance.

    I also get what you mean by FIP being independent of luck but my point is all the soft contact Hendricks gives up negates a lot of that luck and defense aspect. In other words I believe he could pitch in front of any defense and have similar #s because for the most part he isn't giving up the screaming liners or hard hit liners to the gap.

    johann 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • Down on the farm:

    "Dealin'" Cease with another good outing for Eugene. Last 4 outings: 16IP, 1ER 29K. But, 10BB. Throw strikes, kid.

    Candelario is killing it at Iowa after struggling at AA: .320/.406/.941 in 241AB. At age 22. Where the heck to put him next year?

    billybucks 4 hours 36 min ago view
  • SF now only 1 game ahead of the Cards for home field in the WC game.

    billybucks 4 hours 46 min ago view