The Chicago Cubs? It’s not pretty. Even though they are on top, they’re not playing as well as they want to be. So what gives?
The Chicago Cubs are leading the NL Central by 3 1/2 games. Good, right? Actually, not so fast. The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are tied at 3 1/2. The Cincinnati Reds are four behind. And if the Reds win today, they’ll split the series. And to be honest? They’re not that good–nor the Cards or the Brewers. So while they are in the Cubs in first place, it’s complicated.
So the Cardinals are behind because of COVID-19. The Brewers have played 32 games, the Cardinals? 24. The Brewers’ Christin Yelich has taken himself above the Mendoza line (.202), and he leads the team in home runs (8) and is tied for the lead with Keston Hiura for RBI with 16. Still, Yelich is supposed to be ‘as good as advertised.’ He isn’t.
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The Reds’ Joey Votto was ‘benched’ for a few games to get his head right. It worked–until Game 2 when he got thrown out of the game. He was 3-for-6 with a home run with an RBI. Votto and Jesse Winker were both thrown out of the game, plus David Bell. But it didn’t matter, because Craig Kimbrel was ‘hot on the case.’
Kimbrel pitched the seventh (Both ends of the doubleheader are seven innings), and he got two out before it went awry on him. Whether you want to blame Kimbrel or Willson Contreras–I blame Kimbrel–it was a wild pitch that allowed the game-winning run to score.
So where do we go from here? They played a weak schedule in the beginning, but they survived. Still, their not that good at it when it comes pitching, hitting, defense, etc. The Cubs’ David Ross is hanging by a thread, but even I don’t think he should be fired. It’s a 60 game season in 2020. What did you expect?