CHICAGO (WSCR) A mediocre start for the Chicago Cubs has quickly turned into an ugly season. At 23-36, the Cubs have the third worst record in baseball and have lost eight consecutive games.

The “embarrassing” performance, as Carlos Zambrano put it, isn’t exactly the way that Mike Quade wanted to start his first official season as the team’s manager, but it’s not his fault.

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“The problem isn’t the manager of this team,” Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “You know, the best manager in the world would get what, another win out of this team maybe. And who knows, maybe Quade has gotten a win or two out of this team that another manager might not have gotten. This is not a good baseball team, and we said that going into this season. It has a lot of problems, and they’ve been magnified a lot by the number of injuries and the number of slumps by guys that you counted on. Ryan Dempster’s April was miserable, and that set a pitching tone for this team that even the two injuries, early, didn’t.”

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Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells were placed on the disabled list after their first starts of the season. In addition, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano, Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker currently reside on the DL, and starting pitcher Matt Garza came off the DL on Monday.

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“I’m not sure why the focus would have to be on the manager,” Wittenmyer said. “I think that people are impatient and they want answers right now, but there aren’t any quick answers for this team, and that’s the state of it. That’s the reality of what you’re dealing with, and now it’s going to be, you know, at least a process of the rest of this year to get something out of next year, and maybe even a little more.”