I didn't get to see all of Saturday night's loss, but the portion that I did catch was more than enough for me to get the gist:
The Cubs' woeful offense—over the last two nights, for example, the team is 0-for-17 with RISP—offers no cover for defensive mistakes and boneheaded baserunning.
If the starting pitching weren't so good, the Cubs wouldn't even be competitive.
The Cubs take a nail-biter from the Reds to open their series, winning their second road game in a row.
It took 11 innings, but the Cubs walk away with their first road victory in almost a month.
The Cubs split versus the best team in the league and head out for a 9-game road trip, where they've played ever so well.
Today at Baseball Prospectus (subscription), Joe Sheehan wrote about how the Cubs have become one of baseball's most home run-dependent teams and tonight, we saw, yet again, where that generally gets you.
A pinch-hit home run by Bobby Scales in the eighth inning against Randy Wolf accounted for all the Cubs' scoring Thursday night in the team's most recent, painful defeat.
An eventful afternoon at Wrigley as the Cubs take their first series in two weeks and climb back over the .500 mark.