On the 2011 Cubs and Not Winning Series

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On the 2011 Cubs and Not Winning Series

. Thursday, June 23, 2011



Of course they do. Of fucking course. Why on earth would we win even the most vaguely important series during 2011? That's not how you get yourself SEVEN GAMES BEHIND PITTSBURGH. I honestly can't point to a signature moment that Cubs fans can hold proud this year. Let's look at a completely subjective list of the most interesting, most important series of the year so far, and how we've fared in them.

April

4/22-4/24: Opening series vs. Pirates

Lost series 1 game to 2

4/8-4/10: First series against preseason division favorite Milwaukee

Lost series 1 game to 2

4/22-4/24: At home against the Dodgers, who have every problem EXCEPT being actually on fire

Lost series 1 game to 2

May

5/2-5/4: Dodgers again. Still not on fire, but the owner might lose the team

Won series 2 games to 1

5/6-5/8: At home against 2010 division champ Cincinnati

Lost series 1 game to 2

5/10-5/12: At home versus the hated Cardinals

Lost series 1 game to 2

5/13-5/15: At home versus WS champs San Francisco

1-1 split and a rainout

5/16-5/17: 2 games in Cincy

Swept 0 games to 2

5/20-5/22: 3 games in Boston on national TV

Lost series 1 game to 2

5/24-5/26: The Mets at home

Won series 2 games to 1

June

6/3-6/5: At St. Louis

Fucking swept, 0 games to 3

6/6-6/8: At the Reds

Lost series 1 game to 2

6/10-6/12: At Philly, with their collection of robot pitching arms

Lost series 1 game to 2

6/13-6/15: Milwaukee at home

Won series 2 games to 1

6/17-6/19: The Yankees at home, on national TV

Lost series 1 game to 2

6/20-6/22: At the White Sox, and so far out of contention that this is about as exciting as it's going to get

Lost series 1 game to 2



To sum up: Mo.Ther.Fuc.Ker. If you total that up, as I have, we're 3-10-1 in series of particular interest to this blogger. Two of those series wins are over teams currently experiencing what we in the business call a "horrible death sprial." That leaves one quality series win - Milwaukee, wayyyyy the fuck after we were out of it.

If Crane Kenney and Jim Hendry aren't out at the end of the year (I like Mike Quade well enough for now) then it's pretty clear that the Ricketts ownership doesn't give much of a shit about winning or building a quality organization. This never-quite-series-winning is a killer bitch of a way to watch your favorite team flail its way through yet another depressing year.

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