The Cubs lost again yesterday, and have one chance left to avoid an embarrassing 4-game sweep at the hands of the Brewers. David DeJesus must be wondering why in the hell he signed that two-year contract with this team, but he’s soldiering on. He wants to show the young guys how to be professionals on a losing team. And he has plenty of experience having been a Royal and an A.
“It’s showing guys the professional side of it,” DeJesus said. “I’ve been through a lot of losing in my career so I understand it’s tough and it’s not something you want to be a part of. I understand that tomorrow’s another game, and tomorrow you have to show up and be mentally ready and physically ready to perform.”
“It’s not fun coming to the park every day,” DeJesus said of teams in losing seasons. “You have a little more chance to lose than not. You have to understand this is a game of professionals. We’re men, we have to do a job, and we have to put our best foot forward.”
He’s right about the greater chance of losing. The Cubs are now 31 games under .500 and have gone 6-22 in their last 28 games. The Cubs should probably do their best to win today, as a weekend series with the Giants awaits. And the pitching matchups don’t look favorable.
Friday: RHP Chris Volstad (1-9, 6.28) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.93)
Saturday: RHP Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71) vs. RHP Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82)
Today’s matchup features Shawn Marcum (5-4, 3.19) against Brooks “Boo Radley” Raley (1-2, 6.64). Carrie Muskat tweeted earlier that today will be Boo’s last start of the season, as the Cubs don’t want to wear out his mediocre arm.
Game time is 1:20 and it will be broadcast on CSN.