Saturday, June 11, 2011

On the DL...

So, also joining the disabled list with what seems to be a growing list of Cub players, I’ve decided to take a temporary hiatus from my series updates (retroactive to May 10, 2011).  I’ve decided to pause mostly because I just haven’t been able to keep up with the pace of writing and covering a sports team.  It doesn’t help that the product on the field has been less than desirable, but as an eternal optimist, I still see hope for this group, and if they could just put together a string of victories, and more importantly a return back to .500, they can still make some noise in the NL Central.

My hopes for the team for the month of June include the following: 
  • a series win over the visiting New York Yankees
  • the return of Cubs starters 1-4 (namely Matt Garza now that Randy Wells has come off the DL)
  • continued success from the most promising duo of Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney
  • fewer errors on the field and better running of the bases
  • a power surge with the warmer weather, particularly Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena
  • oh, yeah, a 3-game win streak would be really nice

We shall see how the hot summer treats the Cubs. After two months and the constant back and forth dance that the team engaged in during April, things seemed to unfortunately turn South as the team hit a low point during May and now one of the worst records in all of baseball.  June will be a telling month and may ultimately be the last chance for the team to play itself into contention once again.

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