So the Cubs have fired hitting coach Gerald Perry. The same Gerald Perry who was given credit for guiding the Cubs offense to a .278 average in 2008 and a .271 average in 2007. The Cubs offense has been a complete disappointment this year, hitting only .246 as a team. Even the Washington Nationals are hitting .259! I believe that this is just a knee-jerk, desperate reaction to the disappointing season the Cubs are experiencing. If Perry had great success in 07 and 08, then what’s different in 09? The team is replacing Perry with Von Joshua, because they believe that since Joshua worked with the AAA players currently on the Cubs roster, then he can have better luck at getting guys like Bobby Scales (.241), Andres Blanco (.212), Micah Hoffpauir (.261), and Mike Fontenot (.236) to hit better. As if the young guys have been the only problem. What about Alfonso Soriano hitting only .229? Aaron Miles hitting .200? Milton Bradley hitting .227? These aren’t young guys that Joshua coached in the minors. Why put all the blame on Perry? At what point do you look at the players? Perry was heralded as a big reason behind the team’s division titles the past two years? What is the difference now? Let’s look at some of these players.
Yesterday, my wife and I went on a tour of Wrigley Field. It was a fun thing to do for our anniversary. I feel very lucky that my wife loves sports so much; she felt that going on a tour of a baseball stadium was a great way to celebrate our anniversary.
t contract is up. We’ll see. With Carlos, you never know.
To all the troops, past and present, who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy, thank you.
A huge series against our biggest division rival and all we can muster is two stinkin’ runs? No one to my knowledge as figured out a way to win a baseball game without scoring a run, so it really doesn’t matter how good your pitching is. The Cubs wasted three very strong outings by Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, and Sean Marshall. If you give up only eight runs over three games, you should expect to at least win one of them. A maddening thing I’ve noticed about the Cubs over the past five years or so is that they are prone to long streaks when absolutely no one is hitting. Sometimes one or two guys are slumping, but a couple of other guys will step up and pick up the slack. With the Cubs, the whole team slumps together. I did notice a few other things about the Cubs while watching this painful three game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals.
April has come to an end. Twenty-one games are in the books. Being a teacher, I’m used to grading my students’ performance. I’m going to take this opportunity to grade the Cubs players’ April performance.
Where to begin? The Cubs’ weaknesses came to the forefront tonight in an extra inning loss to the Marlins. Weak, inconsistent offense and a bullpen that may be the worst in the National League right now allow the Marlins to win 8-2 in 10 innings tonight at Wrigley. The Cubs led this game 2-0 until the seventh thanks to back to back homers by Milton Bradley and Mike Fontenot in the fifth. The Marlins, as they’ve done all year, chipped away with a run in the seventh and a run in the eighth to tie the score. Carlos Marmol looked terrible again in allowing the tying run in the eighth. It remained 2-2 until the top of the tenth when Aaron Heilman came in to pitch. Heilman came into the game with a 0.82 ERA. He had been the bright spot in the Cubs bullpen. No one else in the Cubs bullpen had an ERA under 4.35, so Heilman was definitely a bright spot. Well, maybe he wanted to fit in with the rest of his bullpen mates and bring that ERA up. Six runs later, five of them earned, Heilman left with an ERA of 4.91 and a 8-2 Cubs loss. The Cubs do not have a bullpen right now. Every game it seems like someone different implodes. Yesterday, it was Marmol. Today, it was Heilman. Who will it be tomorrow? Larry Rothschild has his work cut out for him.