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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  • Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.

    K Dub 15 min 42 sec ago view
  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 6 hours 41 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 6 hours 51 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 12 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 8 hours 11 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 8 hours 14 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 8 hours 18 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 8 hours 27 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 10 hours 39 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 10 hours 55 min ago view
  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 11 hours 41 min ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 11 hours 41 min ago view