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Blum Sinks Cubs Again

By Garrett Monaghan


There's an old adage in baseball that you never want to let the big guy beat you. Unfortunately, that strategy hasn't been working out too well for the Cubs lately. For the second game in a row, Astros' third baseman Geoff Blum provided Houston with a walk-off win; this time driving in Hunter Pence with a two out single in the bottom of the thirteenth. On Wednesday, Blum beat the Cubs with a one out single in the ninth off of Angel Guzman.

During the three game series, the Cubs were able to stifle the middle of the Astros lineup, holding Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence, and Carlos Lee to a lone RBI between them. Blum's two clutch singles were all the Astros needed to win the series, however, as the Cubs were once again unable to get any offense going in the last two games. After scoring seven runs on Tuesday, the Cubs were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the last two games; continuing a season-long inability to come up with clutch hits.

On the season, the Cubs are hitting a dismal .230 with runners in scoring position, and only a marginally better .235 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that the Cubs have struck out 117 times in 486 at-bats with runners in scoring position, yielding a 25% strikeout ratio in those situations. Not only are the Cubs not hitting with runners on, they're not even making contact with the ball that often. This year, only the Diamondbacks have been worse with runners in scoring position than the Cubs. With numbers like this, it's nothing short of a miracle that the Cubs are only two and a half games out of the lead in the division.

Sooner or later the Cubs have to start hitting, or somebody is going to wind up on the chopping block. I'm not normally one to start screaming for the blood of coaches when the team isn't performing, but in this case I'm ready to see Gerald Perry on the next bus out of town. The players are ultimately responsible for their own performance, but there are too many guys on the team who have been in season-long slumps for some of the blame not to land on the coaching staff. It's probably time for a fresh approach at the plate, and the sooner we see one from the Cubs, the better. I'd suggest Gerald Perry fall on bat to end our misery, but something tells me he'd miss.

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