I wanted to post this topic of discussion while we wait for the game today. I know this issue has been mentioned in several threads, but I felt it would make for some good discussion.
While watching the Cubs v. Reds game on Mother's Day, I noticed several well-struck balls that floated harmlessly halfway into the outfield. Now I have watched and played baseball long enough that I don't get excited every time a Cubs player hits a flyball. That is actually one of my pet peeves when I get the chance to attend games. But it seemed that some of these flyballs should have landed in the seats or very close to them. Which brings me to wonder, have our power hitters like Soto and Ramirez really lost their power or is there something else going on? Even Carlos Pena scolded a ball that should have been a home-run on any day, wind or no wind, but it was caught on the warning track.
After watching this game, I would like to believe that MLB has it in for the Cubs and intentionally sent us a bad batch of pink bats. I can tell you that if I was a Cub player, I would not want to use those bats again, regardless of their good intentions. As much as it pains me to say, this is most likely not the case. But in this era of "pitching is king," where we have seen two no-hitters and nearly two others in the span of a week, something has to give. Have pitchers become that dominant? Is the lack of steroid use finally catching up to the league as a whole? Or is there something else, like the league changing the bats and the ball?
I know many purists will say that this is the way the game is supposed to be played. But I don't buy it. It has been such a drastic change from even a few years ago. I would like to know what all of you think about the Cub's power, or lack thereof, and the league as a whole. I, personally, am hoping that this trend will change with the weather (for the Cubs, that is), but for some reason, I am not confident it will.
I will be at the game on Wednesday, a present from my older brother for graduating college. Last time, I saw the Cubs and Cards, some guy named Pujols jacked three home runs. I am sure Al remembers this game. Let's hope this doesn't happen again. Go Cubs!