So normally I'd continue to ignore the Cubs until they act like they know what they're doing. Which we can obviously see isn't today, as the Cubs decided to lose in the most Cubs way possible. But the fact that this loss was so self-inflicted makes me want to sound off on it.
Jeff Baker- 45%
What the FUCK were you going in the top of the 8th inning? You looked like a beer league softball player. Wouldn't anyone with even a modicum of baseball instinct put their glove down and at least try to make a play on the ball? It looked like he was trying to get out of the way of the ball as it rolled by like he was a base-runner. Anyways, with any normal first baseman with as much range as Prince Fielder, Dempster has a shutout going through 8.
Kerry Wood- 30%
While he should have been out of the inning a couple of times with the ridiculous strike zone, his WHIP is now 81. That's not OK. While I love Kerry Wood, and can't wait to write his justification in a few rounds, it's obvious he can't blow pitches by people for a third strike anymore. Maybe Wood isn't the right choice for set-up man.
Dale Sveum- 15%
Let's make a deal, Sveum. I won't completely dismiss you as another manager underqualified for your job, and you stop calling for your 36 year old outfielder who has had knee injuries in the past to steal frigging 3rd base.
Carlos Marmol- 5%
The double wasn't entirely his fault, but he would have probably given up 2 home runs if the wind hadn't been blowing in.
David DeJesus- 3%
I thought DeJesus was brought in to improve our fielding, and take pitches and improve our on base percentage. Instead he swung at the first pitch a bunch of times, and botched a catchable fly ball in the 9th inning. Not a great start.
Joe Mather- 2%
I don't know who you are, but maybe when you're put in to be the tying run on third base, and the ball is hit hard three feet away from you, you shouldn't charge headfirst into a sure out. There's no way Tony Campana would have done that.
Ryan Dempster- The silver lining of today was how well Dempster pitched. Maybe if he can keep that up the starting pitching won't be a complete disaster.
Marlon Byrd- While we're at it, Sveum, what the hell is our most reliable hitter doing batting 7th? Please fix this, too.