I'm one of the biggest Cubs fans you'll find. One year I would only shave on days when they won. After growing a full (yet somewhat spotty) beard I decided that it was a terrible idea, but finished out the season anyway. This year's team is amoung the most maddening I've ever watched. I know that they are underachieving, but the question is, by how much? At face value, I don't see much difference between this year and last year, but all the players they retained are worse, and all the players they've picked up are worse than the players they've gotten rid of.
Milton Bradley vs. Mark DeRosa? DeRosa
Kevin Gregg vs. Kerry Wood? They both can blow their fair share of saves, but Wood is better.
Carlos Marmol '08 vs. Carlos Marmol '09? Does he even throw strikes any more?
Aaron Heilman vs. Michael Wuertz? Wuertz has a 3.00 ERA for the A's, why'd the Cubs get rid of him again?
Alfonso Soriano vs. Himself? Stop swinging at terrible pitches!!! Please! 5 more years of this, eh?
And after putting it to the Indians, I should've known not to get to high on the team. Beating the Indians not only means nothing (they are the Nationals of the AL), but Kerry Wood had to help the Cubs win two of the games. Then to start this week, surprise surprise- zero runs against the Braves, a bullpen implosion [cough Kevin Gregg cough] on Tuesday, and flat out getting beat by the Tigers on Wednesday. I don't have the answer, but the Cubs are in a very winnable division against teams that aren't as good as them on paper. This new, calm Lou Pinella might be helping his own blood pressure, but it's not helping the team. Yell at them! Choke someone out! Let Big Z fistfight someone in the bullpen! Anything for the team, ya know?