The Chicago Cubs have now lost 100 games in 2012, dropping a series opener against the Houston Astros by a score of 3-0 on Monday, October 1. It is the first time the team has reached triple-digit defeats since 1966, when Chicago lost 103 times to tie a team record. With only two games remaining in 2012, the all-time mark is safe. For Cubs fans, however, this season has been miserable and can't end soon enough.
There are very few positives at this point in the year. Looking for a sweep to end the year with under 100 losses, the team's offense failed to show up once again. David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo managed the team's only two base hits off of Houston starter Lucas Harrell. Harrell walked only one hitter and struck out seven, improving his season record to 11-11 and bringing his ERA to 3.76. As an opposing pitcher, facing the Cubs is probably the best way to end the season.
Chicago's pitching was not awful, but it was not nearly good enough to match Harrell's performance. Starter Jason Berken allowed two earned runs, having trouble in the fourth inning, and was not able to escape the fifth. Relievers Jaye Chapman, James Russell, Shawn Camp and Carlos Marmol combined to surrender one run in 4.1 innings. The four relief pitchers have ERAs under 4.00 and could form something for the team to build upon in the bullpen.
As a Cubs fan, the thing that scares me most about next season is starting pitching. Chicago clearly needs help in the rotation and will have to build up some kind of reliable depth. It is beyond frustrating to watch the players who the team is relying on right now to start games. The offense can't score enough at this point to properly support the team's inexperienced starting staff.
The Cubs will now close out the 2012 season with two final games against the Astros. Then the offseason can finally begin, hopefully bringing many changes for Cubs fans.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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