We are ... not very good this year. I can't think of a better series to illustrate this point. I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.
If you lose a series to a terrible team, what does that make your team? The frustrating part is that the Cubs did enough well to inspire hope. Terrible, heart-blackening hope. Ryan Dempster? Hope, smashed by the hammer of a blown save and no offense to speak of. Marmol on Friday? Hope, smashed by the novelty mallet of Sunday. Ah well. Gorezelanny? Him and the offense never show up on the same day. And now we broke him.
Do a mopey Charlie Brown walk to the rest of the recaps, after the jump.
The high point of the weekend happened while I was still at work.
Friday started out fairly poorly, as we spent a few innings behind 2-1, giving ourselves mystified looks, and saying "come, on. It's the ASTROS!" Eventually the Cubs did pull out of that particular slump, finally shit-beating Paulino and chasing his relief with D-Lee's 3-run HR. It was a fantastic, sunny Friday, and the weekend was full of possibility. We soon learned our lesson.
Saturday, the Cubs waited just a liiiiiittle too long to take Friday's message. Sloth got hit in the arm by a liner, his relief pitched ... okay ... and the problems with the offense compounded. Fukudome struck out with the tying run in scoring position. That was painful.
Don't yell at yourself. We'll do that for you.
But not nearly as painful as Sunday, where an amazing outing by Dempster was completely thrown away by the offense and by Lou's leaving Dempster in a bit too long. The entire lineup - from 1-8 and all the subs - owe Dempster a steak dinner, an apology, and a really awkward HJ. The Canadian did all he could to say "we are NOT losing to the goddam Astros," and the team responded with "oh yes we are, you dick." Going defensive at the end bit Lou in the ass, swapping Nady for Colvin, Soriano for Fukudome, and Three Finger for Soto. It's not like anyone was getting it done, but Koyie/Colvin/Fuku doesn't give you the best chance for a winning run. And thus did we lose to the team that started 0-9.
But hey, it's not all bad news. Ivy's coming in.