The long, winding road to nowhere
We know what a winning team looks like, and this ain't it.
As we were repeatedly told during the Cubs-Nationals game last night, the Cubs have embarked on a 13 game stretch where they only play lousy teams like the Nationals, Cardinals (two four game series) and White Sox.
That’s true. But it’s also true that the Nationals, Cardinals and White Sox are looking forward to playing the lousy Cubs.
The Cubs didn’t get off to a great start on this “easy” road to nowhere. They have now lost four of their five games this year to the Nationals, the team with the second worst record in the National League.
The Cubs are 19-15 against teams with losing records, nine of those wins are against just two teams, the A’s and Pirates. They play the Pirates seven more times, which is nice.
But the idea that these 12 remaining games against three teams a combined 41 games under .500 is going to determine their approach at the deadline is suitably pathetic.
We know what these Cubs are. They’re a sub .500 team, and they’ll muddle around and go 5-7 or 6-6 in these 12 games, and prove nothing. They should be making deals with next year’s big league roster in mind. None of this trading guys for class-A prospects to buy more time before everybody realizes just how bad the trades are.
Trade Marcus Stroman, trade Cody Bellinger, don’t trade Marcus Stroman, don’t trade Cody Bellinger. Do whatever it takes to give yourself actual productive players for first base, third base, designated hitter and your bullpen.
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