To start things off, I wish Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot the very best of things to come for their LA stint. I'm not saying I like the Dodgers or anything but if those guys get themselves a ring, I'll be happy for them, I won't be happy it's with another team though. Same thing goes for Kerry Wood, now that he's with the Yankees. As for the team Lilly and Theriot left, they just finished their 1-5 roadtrip that started out so promising after winning the first game in Houston.
I don't know if it's just me but I wish the Cubs can have a losing season in peace. It's never fun to watch Sportscenter show highlights from the season of the NL playoff teams and it seems like half of the highlights come at the expense of the Cubs. But that's the way it is. It seems lately that rare feats or record setting feats are coming at the expense of the Cubs from the 12-run inning the Rockies had all coming with two outs, to Carlos Gonzalez completing his cycle with a majestic walk-off homer which is the first time someone has done that since the early 80's.
All season the Cubs struggles are due to lack of consistency. Before the loss today they Cubs had no streak more than four games winning or losing, now their longest losing streak of the season stands and hopefully will be five by season's end. The Aug. 2 S.I. issue has a nice little read called "Two Lous" on page 16 comparing Lou Piniella with actor James Gammon who played as Lou Brown on the movie Major League and its sequel because our Lou announced his retirement four days after James Gammon passed away. I think our Lou should get the cardboard cutout of Rachel Phelps from the first movie and use it to motivate the Cubs players by ripping off a "section" after each victory. It worked for the other Lou!
The only "consistency" the Cubs have had this season are the months of April, May and July. The records of all three months are tied for first, second and third in the games-behind column with the only difference being the amount of games played in each month. Given that I calculate the Cubs will finish the season about 73-89. One scenario I do dread is a White Sox vs. Cardinals World Series given the way both teams are playing. Which team are we supposed to root for if that happens? I think I'm gonna go grab a beer.
Here's the fun part. Vote for your favorite Cubs "W" from July.