Please fire somebody
David Ross got an early start on his All-Star Break. Let him stay on it.
The Cubs used a come from behind win in the Bronx to head into the All-Star Break with a 4-3 road trip through Milwaukee and New York. But, true to form, they did it in the dumbest way possible.
In Milwaukee they likely pounded the final nail in their season’s coffin when they blew a 6-0 lead in the first game. It didn’t help when Michael Fulmer gave up a game losing homer in the finale to soft hitting, overbite enthusiast Victor Caratini.
The trip to New York featured the first ever wins in any version of Yankee Stadium in Cubs’ history. Seriously.
Even then, while they were winning two of three, they also somehow give up homers to Yankees who came into those games hitting .199 (Giancarlo Stanton who hit two homers on Saturday), .140 (Josh Donaldson), .219 (Anthony Volpe), and .239 (Kyle Higashioka).
The Cubs will tell you (because they did in the postgame), that the wins over the weekend will propel them to huge things in the second half. After all, the 2022 Cubs had the fifth best record in the NL in the second half (maybe you’ve heard about that.)
Well sure, let’s bank on that mattering again. The Cubs hit the break in third place in the second worst division in baseball, seven games out of first, and six and a half games out of the third wild card spot with three teams ahead of them.
We hear all the time about what huge disappointments the Padres and Mets have been this year. The Padres have a better record than the Cubs and the Mets are a half game behind them.