The 5-Minute Superfan: June 29, 2008
June 29, 2008
Welcome to the fifth installment of The 5-Minute Superfan. If you’re wondering what the heck it is, check this page out. It’s been a crummy week in Cubs Nation. And not the delicious kind of crums – like the kind that fall off of an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie. As an aside, we’ve got a new resource here at The Brickyard: a complete catalog of the Cubs 2008 Draft. Ok, on with the Superfan.
In case you missed it, this week saw the Cubs lose four of six to the Baltimore Orioles and the evil White Sox of the South. The Cubs still have the best record in baseball at 49-32, but sadly STILL hold just a 3.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals – who are STILL apparently unaware that they are not supposed to be any good. We’re gonna keep posting that damn article until these bozos fall more than 3.5 games back. It’s been a 3.5 game lead for the last FOUR Superfans. Ridiculous.
The Bare Minimum Weekly Roundup
Sunday, June 22 – The Cubs complete a home sweep of the White Sox with a 7-1 win. Ryan Dempster throws a gem and improves to a mind-boggling 9-0 at home this year. It’s not even July!
Monday, June 23 – Off day. Derrek Lee goes to Blockbuster.
Tuesday, June 24 – Cubs lose to the Baltimore Orioles 7-5. The loss snaps the Cubs 14-game home winning streak. The Cubs were down 7-1 early and almost come all the way back to win it. Bases loaded, nobody out, bottom of the ninth, down by two… and the Cubs go all 2005. Ronny Cedeno, Kosuke Fukudome, and Henry Blanco strike out in order to end the game. Ouch.
Wednesday, June 25 – The Cubs beat the O’s and former Cubs-target Brian Roberts 7-4. Fukudome doesn’t play because of a sore calf. Great. We need more injuries. Next week Aramis Ramirez slips on some soap in the shower and breaks his hip.
Thursday, June 26 – Ouch – Cubs get hoagie slapped 11-4 by the O’s. Series = lost. Starter Jason Marquis gives up seven runs in four innings, and takes his first loss in over a month. The Cubs had 10 hits, but they were all singles. I guess that’s not really all that interesting give that even all 10 had been home runs, the Cubs still might very well have lost 11-10.
Friday, June 27 – Cubs are on the receiving end of another beat down, 10-3, but this time it’s worse, because it’s the White Sox. Ryan Dempster gets knocked around, and is winless on the road. Of course, “the road” for the purposes of this game is like five miles that way. Eric Patterson has several misadventures in left field prompting Lou Piniella to say that he’ll never let Patterson play left field ever again for the rest of time. Or something like that.
Saturday, June 28 – Losers again, Cubs go down 6-5 to the Sox on Carlos Quentin’s tie-breaking homer in the seventh off of Carlos Marmol. Remember when Marmol was awesome? That was fun. Derrek Lee goes 5-5, but it doesn’t really matter. Nothing that happens in losses to the White Sox matters.
The Cubs Count’s Number of the Week: 7
That’s the number of losses the Cubs have in the past 11 games. The Cubs haven’t had a stretch like this all year, but I suppose it is to be expected. Hopefully and upcoming series against the woeful Giants will be the salve the Cubs need.