Walking Contradiction

Things & Opinions Change As Time Passes!

an archive by: Davood Dehnavifar (Denavi)

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Back in May I said I would be back with a Cubs update in a few days. A few days turned into a couple of weeks… and now 6 weeks later I am here to give my insight on the Cubs. I will be posting more regular updates from now on. My goal is to post at least one Cubs update per week.

May started out with Darwin Barney being named the NL rookie of the month for April, Starlin Castro making the cover of SI and committing three errors in the same inning, and that was just the beginning of a horrid month for the Cubs both in the records and on the field. There was one point near the end of their month where there were only 8 major league players on the 25 man active roster.

For kicks here is a list of injuries this team saw in the month of May:
Soto, 15-day DL, pulled groin
Soriano, 15-day DL, strained quad
Johnson, 15-day DL, back spasms
Byrd, 15-day DL (out indefinitely), multiple facial fractures after being HBP
Baker, 15-day DL, pulled groin

The rotation saw some changes in the month of May as well. Doug Davis was named the fifth start at the beginning of the month giving the Cubs a lefty in the rotation for the first time since they traded Ted Lilly last year. Near the end of the month Randy Wells returned and Mike Quade expanded the rotation out to 6 starters for the month of June adding Rodrigo Lopez to the back end as the sixth starter.

Enough about the horrid month of May, lets talk about June. Going into play tonight the Cubs are having another horrid month. They have only won three games so far this month and are currently playing the first place Milwaukee Brewers who are in front of them by eleven games. Only time will tell but things are definitely looking dim for the 2011 Cubs. So far this month we have seen another Zambrano blowup about the teams performance blow-over, numerous pitching injuries/call-ups/swaps (including Woody going on the DL today with blister problems), the organization land itself on & get removed from MLBs black list of teams in violation of debt rules, Pujols hit two walk-off homeruns against us, Dempster nearly get removed with hip problems before a game, rumors that Jim Hendry is on his way out, and the Cubs play a fundamentally sound 1-0 game which they won against the Brewers.

So a lot has happened in the last six weeks. Mostly bad. Some good. Even with all the bad there are still three months of baseball to play before the playoff races will be decided and I do not want to say the Cubs are in it at this point… but I also don’t want to say they are out of it. I am going to stay on the fence with this argument for now because there is no way the Cubs are going to finish in fifth place in the NL Central two straight years.