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Cubs Fri May 13 2011

Cubs Drop Two of Three to Cardinals

Thumbnail image for cubs.gifWhere do I begin? This has gotten real old, real fast.

If I've said it once, I've said half a dozen times: If you don't hit with runners in scoring position you aren't going to win very many ball games. The Cubs dropped Thursday's rubber match against St. Louis, 9-1. If they continue this way, it is going to be a very long season on the North Side.

The most puzzling thing about it is this team is better than last year's. What's worse is the conditions Thursday favored the hitters too. It never ceases to amaze me how the visiting team seems to take advantage of said conditions and the Cubs don't. Of course some credit has to be given to Cardinals starting pitcher Jamie Garcia.

He took care of the Cubs hitters with ease; however, that doesn't take the Cubs off the hook as they did have him on the ropes in the bottom of the sixth. With one out and the bases loaded, all the Cubs managed was one run, leaving the bases loaded. That is the mark of a good team and the mark of a bad team. It is all about taking advantage of your opportunities when they are given to you and to this point the Cubs have not done that. Until they do they are going to find themselves in the loss column more often than not.

Thursday's game was the polar opposite of Wednesday night's game. The Cubs took care of business Wednesday night. I don't doubt that they can put up runs; Wednesday was the prime example of how good they can be when they do so. It is just frustrating to watch a team not come through in the clutch when they've proven capable of doing so.

They are 2-4 in this homestand and they would have to sweep the Giants over the weekend to have a winning homestand. I don't see it happening, especially if they continue to struggle offensively, but maybe they can start with just winning a series.

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