Last night, the Chicago Cubs were shut out at Wrigley Field for the third game in a row for the first time since 1924. 1924. One. Niner. Two. Four. That’s almost as long ago as the Cubs won the World Series.
I understand getting shut-out by Mat Latos, but I do not understand getting shut out by Stephen Fife and Chris Capuano.
And don’t tell me these are pitchers’ duels. Not being able to score a run does not a pitchers’ duel make. Greg Maddux vs. Pedro Martinez was a pitcher’s duel. Jeff Samardzija and Chris Capuano is not a pitchers’ duel. I also don’t want to hear about how keeping David DeJesus around is good for the youngens. If you haven’t noticed, none of the youngens had all that great of a season this year. In fact, just don’t bother telling me anything until this team scores again. It’ll only make me mad.
Jeff Samardzija is back on the mound tonight for the Cubs, and it remains to be seen if his decision not to sign a long-term deal with the Cubs in Spring Training is still affecting his pitching. Samardzija’s WHIP has been doing steadily downhill since mid-June this season. He’ll look to right the ship tonight against Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73).
By the way, for all you Donnie Murphy haters, you should know he’s currently OPSing 1.218. Okay, so he’s only had 24 at-bats. But still! 1.218!
First pitch tonight is at 7:05 pm CT on CSN & MLBN.