Well, the worst part is finally over. Or is it? After enduring a 12-game losing streak that saw them get swept in four consecutive series, the Cubs finally enjoyed a bit of success, albeit over the lowly San Diego Padres. The Cubs finished up a 3-game sweep of the Padres Wednesday afternoon, thanks to light-hitting 2B Darwin Barney’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs an 8-6 win.
The Cubs are now tied with the Minnesota Twins for the second-worst record in baseball, and many Cubs fans are already clamoring for the team to trade as many players as possible to speed the rebuilding process up. There are even some who wouldn’t mind seeing SS Starlin Castro moved, especially if the Cubs can get a haul of young players in return. In addition, some fans are not-so-quietly hoping the Cubs tank the rest of the season to assure themselves of having the top pick in next year’s amateur draft. Never mind that the MLB Draft is undoubtedly the most fickle of all four major pro sports, but I guess the Tank Crew’s logic is that the higher you draft, the better chance you have of not getting a total bum. Yeah. Right.
Anyway… The Cubs had yesterday off and resume play tonight on the road against the San Francisco Giants (27-24). It will be a battle of the southpaws, as the Cubs will trot out Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.62 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) against the Giants young starter, Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.14 ERA, 1.11 WHIP). Go. Cubs.