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Bipolar Blues

By Brittany Feagans [brit.feagans@gmail.com]

In a 24-hour timeframe the Cubs had both given up 12 runs in one game and scored 12 runs in another.

During Saturday’s debacle against the Angels, the struggling Cubs were shut out 12-0. The worst part? They never even got a runner past first base. Unacceptable.

However, Sunday turned out to be a new day, with the Cubs turning the tables and scoring 12 runs of their own on 18 hits, only allowing the Angels to score once.

This has been the case all season with the Cubs, producing big one day and falling to pieces the next. One day we look like all-stars competing for a pennant, the next we’re left wondering if these really are Major League ballplayers.

Call the team doctor—I’m no psychiatrist, but I think the 2010 Cubs have a bad case of bipolar disorder. The manic episodes are characterized by blowout games in our favor, such as Sunday’s domination of LA. Booming homeruns, multi-hit games, spot-on pitching, and heads-up defense.

The depressive episodes would be those games where our starter can’t get out of the first inning unscathed, our Golden Glove first baseman makes two errors in one inning, and our offense is nonexistent.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, their condition weighs more heavily on depressive symptoms this year. Many days it’s hard to believe that this is the same team.

Environmental factors often play a role in the development of bipolar disorder, leading one to believe that perhaps year after year of failure has permanently affected the team regardless of who’s on the roster.

Whatever the case, the Cubs need some sort of MLB-approved treatment to balance out their mood swings, and SOON, or we’re going to be saying “there’s always next year” a lot sooner than I’m ready for.

3 comments:

  1. I am no psychiatrist either but I would have to agree with you, maybe if enough people agree we can consider it a diagnosis. I still hold out hope if we switch some parts up that will make a difference and that it isn't something that can't be cured. If you look at the Brewers to the North it has happened to them as well maybe it is the weather or water or something and we can submit damages claims.

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  2. its really no mystery. saturday the cubs faced one of the top pitchers in the AL, Jered Weaver (leads the majors in strikeouts). Weaver's ability is the reason the Cubs were shut down. Sunday they faced Joe Saunders. Saunders is terrible and a lefty to boot. The cubs absolutely crush lefties and have all year(especially bad ones). The reality is that the Cubs arent very good. They end up having some good games against terrible pitchers.

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  3. I totally agree with you. This team is bipolar. The gaffes on defense and terrible baserunning are great examples, and should not occur no matter who they are playing or hitting against. And Nady jogging after a pop to right that falls in for the winning run against the Sox was incredible - did he show up that day unclear that we were playing our big rivals down the street? These guys either show up ready to play, or they don't. Day by day.

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