My first RED FLAG of the season comes a whole two weeks before it did in 2010.
When the Cubs lost a home series against god-awful Pittsburgh last May, my internal alarm bell rang loud & clear signaling serious trouble on the North Side.
Chicago had dropped its fifth consecutive game against the Buccos, failed to close the gap against a struggling Cardinals team, and fell to seven games below .500.
At the time, it was still too early to write-off the Cubs’ season, but the red flag had been raised–the Cubs were going nowhere.
Flash forward to Tuesday night’s game against Colorado. On the heels of its most pathetic game of the season–four errors, four unearned runs in a 5-3 loss–the Cubs responded with another dreadful outing.
Converted starter, James Russell, was torch for three HR in four innings.
The offense went 1-for-6 w/ RISP…now 1-for-16 in the series.
Marlon Byrd went hitless leaving four men on from the three-hole.
Aramis struck out twice and left three on base.
And not one Cub drew a walk.
There’s your three-game losing streak and first red flag of 2011.
Granted the Rockies are playing terrific baseball, and Russell is not a true starter, but the Cubs’ effort was disappointing, especially offensively.
Three games sub .500 is a hole the Cubs can climb out of. But with a rotation ravaged by injury, a missing ace in Ryan Dempster, and an offense seemingly incapable of a timely hit…Chicago’s in trouble again on the North Side.
Now the question is–will this season’s outcome be any different from 2010?