• Tony A.

The Night is Darkest Just Before the Dawn

(Yes I 100% took that from The Dark Knight and applied it to a struggling baseball team. I’m too emotional and philosophical for my own good)

Well Cubs fans it’s a month into the 2022 MLB season and um… lets just say it’s been rough for our boys on the Northside. The Cubs currently stand at 9-18 and are 2-8 in their last 10 game. Oh and to make things worst they’re sitting at 4th in the division and have a worse record than the Pirates. Yikes. Granted, since April 26, the Cubs have faced off against the Braves, Brewers, White Sox, and the Dodgers. All teams who can seriously contend for the World Series this year, but I at least expected some competitive baseball. The two games against the Sox were close but Atlanta, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles really put a beating on the Cubs.

The pitching and offense have really hit a slump, but it seems only a matter of time before they can pick things up right? Yes, Kyle Hendricks and Marcus Stroman have looked pretty bad and only throw a 88 mph fastball, but they’re still extremely talented pitchers. No, they’re not aces and won’t compete to be a top 15 pitcher in the game, but they can still be workhorses and be very reliable pitchers for the team for years to come. The offense really comes down to talent. You can’t compete with the big guys if you don’t have the firepower. Seiya Suzuki was doing amazing and was the reason the Cubs were winning games at the start of the season, but he’s since cooled off. The Cubs don't really have someone to get on base and bring in runs, other than Contreras obviously, but it takes more than one guy to win ballgames. Oh and remember that guy I haven’t shut up about, Brennan Davis, yeah I was really praying he could help out this offense if he came up around June or so, but he’s been the definition of ice cold down in Iowa. Davis is currently putting up a .195 avg, .286 obp, and .299 slg. If he keeps this up he may not get called up at all and we may have to wait until next year to get on the roster. But the kid is only 22 so obviously he has plenty of time to get going and be the player I know he can be.

The most frustrating part about all this is the Cubs are not this bad. There’s no way we are worse than that poverty franchise in Pittsburgh. It’s only a month in and EVERYONE is having a down year offensively because of course MLB had to mess with the balls again. I honestly don’t know who’s making these decisions, but they really should be fired. But anyway, I know that this Cubs team can finish 3rd in the division and at least play .500 baseball because they’re too talented to even be close to 4th or 5th. Again, it’s a only a month in and only 27 out of the 162 games have been played and with summer right around the corner, I fully expect baseballs to be flying out onto Waveland again. And remember, for as rough as the Cubs have looked, at least we’re not the Reds.

Alright, as always Go Cubs.

-Tony Anaya (Twitter: @anayaL8TR)

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