Apologies for the absence, but the Cubs briefly broke my brain. I had endeavored to attend one last game during the 2010 season, because I love Wrigley Field and I love my team. That game turned out to be this particular gem. So I needed a break for awhile. Thankfully, an unexpectedly, the Bears have eased my suffering somewhat. So I'm ready to love again. But one can't go forward without coming to terms with the past. That'd be unhealthy. So we're going to take a player-by-player look at just where it all went wrong this year, starting with the starting pitching. Let's get healthy.
Classic "ace of a bad team" year. Lots of decisions (15-12), solid ERA (3.85), and over 200 innings for the third year in a row. But holy shit, I'm not forgiving him for that Giants game. Hopefully he can keep producing for the remaining two years of his contract before he turns 35 and must flee for his life a-la Logan's Run.
You know it's a bad year when Carlos Zambrano isn't even on the top 5 list of things that piss you off about the Cubs. Another godawful start to the season (54.00 ERA, anyone?) and midsummer freakout (no starts from June 25 to August 9). Fuck. Then he goes all retard strength and wins eight in a row to end the season, including a tense one against the hated Cardinals and a 1-0 gem against San Diego that stuck a knife in their season. When he does this again next year, let's all pretend we're surprised.
An excellent example of why wins are such a shitty statistic. Went 3-8 with the Cubs despite being consistently good. Steve and I took a day off to catch his last, bittersweet start at Wrigley, which was of course a loss. Just watching Blake DeWitt ineffectually flail at the ball makes me miss Theodore Roosevelt Lilly. Godspeed, sir.
Everyone from Silva to whoever Casey Coleman is, after the jump
Hostess Fruit Pie hidden in a towel. Oldest trick in the book.
Went to shit around the time the Cubs did, turning an 8-0 beginning to the year into a 10-6 final result. Two starts past July, both losses, with more than a month between them. At least he's not Milton Bradley.
Grade: B- (graded on the curve for extremely low expectations)
This is actually Steve Trachsel. You didn't catch that, did you?
He should officially change his name to add ": #5 starter" at the end, because that's all he'll ever be. And that's not really a bad thing. Sure, the high hopes we had during early 2009 were enjoyable, but pretty unrealistic. He gave up 5 or more runs in a start nine times. No one wants to be Steve Trachsel 2.0, but it'll be nice to have one while we rebuild and wait for these ridiculous contracts to expire.
Soth love Chunk. Chunk indifferent to marginally decent occasional starter. Probably would have finished with a sub-3 ERA, if not for hilarious 7H, 7ER three-inning performance against St Louis near the end. Hope you like guys like him, because it's all we can afford for awhile.
His middle name is Nicklaus. Laaaaaaame. He's a young guy with marginal talent pressed into service by our new, cheap ownership. Not terrible, but certainly overmatched. Finished the year with an ERA above 7. Remember those last three sentences, because you're going to apply them to most of the bullpen and all the spot-starters.
Grade: D (for Dustin, which I wish his name was)
Not terrible. Won his last three games last year with pretty decent performances and a modicum of offensive support. I really have no opinion on him yet. I was drinking very heavily during games by the time be became a regular starter.
Grade: 86 Proof
Pitched himself out of the big leagues in April (18.90 ERA in 4 games), despite reader Douchebag Mike claiming him the second coming of Christ. Called back up when things were so dire, even he couldn't screw it up. Notice no one calls him "Shark" anymore, because nicknames are for good players.
Beat St. Louis, which left me conflicted. Then lost to them two weeks later, which felt a lot more familiar. If I have to watch him pitch regularly in 2011, I'm going to eat a shotgun.
Grade: AAA (keep him there - please)
2014 Beer Price Guide
Let's face it, they gouge you in Wrigleyville. Here is your official source of beer prices, containing only beers we have drank at bars we have drank them at.
Revolution Anti-Hero $6
Miller Lite (16 oz) $6
312 Wheat $3
312 Pale Ale $3
The Illinois $6
Old Style $2
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WAIW 6th Annual Pub Crawl Shirts
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