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Still not time to jump off the ledge

by: Mauricio Rubio Jr.

As the Cubs exit Detroit without a win many Cub fans have to wonder if now is the time to give up on this team. Mired in a funk, the Cubs are going to have to self evaluate where they are as a team.

I still hold the position that this team still isn't playing up to where they should be, and while it's not right to say that they played well this series, they were never really out of any game.

It's a small consolation prize, perhaps the only thing that the Cubs can take from this game is that Carlos Marmol needs to find his command and stop dipping his elbow when releasing his slider, causing him to miss high or wide.

The only good news came from everyone else in the division losing, with the Reds suffering perhaps the biggest loss as Dusty Baker has claimed another young pitcher in Edinson Volquez who will be shelved indefinitely with elbow inflammation.

Cubs fans should also note that relying on career minor leaguers is not the way the Cubs will find themselves atop the division come October. Soriano showed life in his bat, but he will need to go on a crazy hitting binge to lift this team to anything besides its first sub .500 record since he was signed.

Derrek Lee had his hitting streak snapped, but he is still driving the ball with authority, and Ted Lilly had a bad game.

A series sweep is not the end of the world, it is a major setback. It will be interesting to see how the Cubs react to the sweep, if Hendry will go out and make a move, if another coach gets canned, but the one thing the Cubs cannot do is press.

Because if you press or try too hard in baseball, you're toast.


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