Unfortunately, we’ve gotten to the point where we are not talking about wins vs. losses but rather grading how bad each loss is. After a sloppy weekend in Milwaukee during which numerous mistakes on defense and pitch execution led to a sweep, the Cubs played a very solid game Monday here in Cincinnati. In fact, it was the Reds who made a bunch of defensive miscues, committing three errors in extras, opening the door for the Cubs, who eventually took advantage of one of those bad plays to take a two-run lead on a home run by Luis Valbuena in the 13th (that followed an error to start the inning). But Michael Bowden couldn’t hold it, allowing three to score in the bottom of the 13th.
The Cubs probably deserved to win that game, but “deserve” has little to do with it sometimes in this cruel game. You feel like they should be getting some breaks, a break, any break at some point. But when you’re going the way they are, it feels like you’re never gonna win another game. The starting pitching has been so good, it makes this stretch even more maddening. The starters need to be rewarded at some point.
The way to get out of this? Just keep working to get better, limit the mistakes and take a breath. Playing tight and putting extra pressure on yourself is no way to get out of a funk.