Abbatacola: Cubs’ Pitching Is The Problem

By Matt Abbatacola-

CHICAGO (CBS) There are many reasons to explain the Cubs’ 32-47 record. The main reason in this lost season is the Cubs’ starting pitching.

After the game one loss to the Giants 13-7, Mike Quade said, “As a general rule, I just think that your big guys kinda do what they’re supposed to do at the top end and they keep your bullpen fresher and give you opportunities for whatever you need out of the four and five guys.”

Ryan Dempster 5-6 5.31

Carlos Zambrano 6-4 4.38

Matt Garza 4-6 4.07

Randy Wells 1-2 6.25

Doug Davis 1-7 6.50

James Russell 0-5 9.33

Casey Coleman 2-4 7.32

Rodrigo Lopez 0-0 11.57

Davis gave up a career-high tying 10 earned runs on twelve hits over 4.1 innings pitched.

Carlos Pena hit his 17th homer on the season – he has hit 8 home runs in his last 12 games.

Satrlin Castro went 0-for-5 – ending his career-high hitting streak at 11 games.

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  • tom Sharp

    Hey Matt, News flash: the sun rises in the East, 2+2= 4!!!

  • bob

    real investigative journalism there matt. whats tomorrow’s article? Soriano doesnt steal enough bases?

  • stucky

    This is why abbatacola makes the big $$$. it’s for investigative journalism such as this.


    Last year, there was, already, an eight game winner, and the team ERA seemed about 2 runs lower.
    Matt is just trying to sort out the biggest problem. There is a chance that the pitching staff isn’t going to keep you in long enough, which means longer stretches for the bullpen, which will add up in the second half. They signed Marmol certain that they wouldn’t be worried about the starting pitching.

    It feels like a seven or eight man rotation with no stopper. The starters on both sides of town do a lot of heavy lifting, because they don’t trust their defenses. If you play for strikeouts, you leave a trail of breadcrumbs for the next offense to pick up on video. 2 errors can equal 4 runs. But the Cubs give up a lot of leadoff walks and doubles.

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