The Chicago Cubs are 59-95 and have just eight games remaining before their disappointing 2012 season finally comes to a close. As a fan, I was hoping the Cubs could at least achieve their recent goal of winning 63 games and avoiding a 100-loss season. However, now that the team has dropped eight of the last 10 games, there is not much of a chance the team can pull it together in time. While a good close to the season could have provided some kind of momentum for next year, the Cubs just do not have the pitching or the offense to put together any kind of successful stretch at this point.
The Cubs kicked off their final road trip of the season against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, September 26, losing 10-5 in a seven-inning, weather-shortened game. Cubs starter Chris Rusin allowed six earned runs in 3.2 innings, not even giving the team's offense a chance to win the game. Rusin's ERA is now 7.30 through six games, including three decent outings and three sub-par performances.
The team's bullpen did not help matters, with relievers Rafael Dolis and Manuel Corpas giving up another four runs in 2.1 innings. This is a Cubs team that has struggled to score runs this season, and Chicago can't win when its pitchers allow the opposition to score runs in five consecutive innings.
Offensively, I was pleased with the performance of shortstop Starlin Castro, who reached base and scored twice. The Cubs star hit his 14th home run and has been keeping his batting average in the mid-.280s. Next season, fans would like to see that average back over .300, and hopefully the team will have a little more talent supporting Castro in the lineup.
It was also great to see former Cubs playing well, as second baseman DJ LeMahieu collected three hits and fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Former Chicago outfielder Tyler Colvin collected his 10th triple and drove in two runs for the Rockies, raising his average to .288. While I don't like my team to lose to past players, it is good to see talent from the Cubs' organization thriving at the top level of baseball. It can benefit the team in future trades if they have a track record of trading quality athletes.
As for the 2012 Cubs, they will need at least one victory on this road trip to have a chance at 63 wins. I am hoping the starting pitching can hold up and give the team something to play for in these final games.
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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