I am fuly aware that even great hitters go through slumps and when a veteran like Aramis who has a track history of success, it's usually an overreaction to get worried when such a hitter goes into slumps, but I can't shake this paranoa with Aramis' recent struggles at the plate. What has happened to this guy at the plate recently? He doesn't even seem like the same person. He looks absolutely lost at the plate and his swing is all hacked up.
The only time I've seen him square up on a ball in the last week or so was last night to LF and even then he was swinging from the heels and was all arms as it turned out to be a routine play for the LF when normally that's 20 rows deep. I don't live in Chicago and lately haven't had the time to read up on as much Cubs stuff as I normally do, but can anyone shed any light into this disturbing developement? What's the word going around on to why he hasn't put a good swing on a ball in over 2 weeks? It goes without saying that this team needs him to snap the eff out of not only this horrid slump but whatever is possessing him to look absolutely lost up there at the plate. I normally wouldn't read too much into Aramis' .173 BA in the month of July and would just chalk it up to a slump which every good hitter goes through throughout a season but it's now a very prolonged slump and it's just how bad he looks up at the plate and how unbelievably overmatched he looks up there right now.
What a frustrating loss though last night. One of the most frustrating losses I can remember from the Cubs in a long time. Maybe it's because I was there and had to deal with the backlash from DBack fans but I don't think so. I don't believe in billygoats or any voodo mumbo jumbo, but after last night's game I can see why people do. So many hard hit balls but right at DBacks, the great defensive plays the DBacks made, Harden gives up literally one mistake and has to pay for it as the Cubs just looked at all of Johnson's bad pitces and then ofcourse they get a lead off walk and a gift from the DBacks on a routine DP ball and still couldn't make them pay for it. Totally frustrating. It's totally confounding to me how bad this team looks on the road. It almost makes one believe in curses. Anyway, if they win tonight and tomorrow night and take 2 out of 3 from the DBacks (which coming in they HAD to considering they missed both Haren and Webb) It'll relieve some of the pain of last nights absolute debacle. 2 hits?? Seriously?
Also, I don't know if it's been mentioned anywhere, but what the eff was Lou thinking last night leaving Howry in to face Drew? Do the Cubs not have a Lefty in the pen anymore?? Come on Lou, wake up man!!! Also remember, that it was a year ago to the day yesterday, when the DBacks turned around their season last year and swept the Cubs at home and Drew hit the game winning HR off none other than Howry himself.