The Cubs offense is still showing little signs of life, losing to Ross Ohlendorf and the Pirates 3-0 tonight.
The Cubs continued the same trend of failing to hit with runners in scoring position, going 0 for 5. The worst case occurred in the 8th, when Theriot and Bradley led off the inning with singles and moved up to second and third on an error with no one out. Needing only to make contact to drive in a run, both Soriano and Fukudome struck out before Derek Lee grounded out to end the inning.
Let's face it the Cubs offense stinks. They make even the most mediocre pitcher (cough Ohlendorf cough) look like Cy Young. The do not play fundamental baseball like moving runners up, hitting behind the runner, choking up and trying to make contact with two strikes, etc.
I said in my last post that the next 13 (now 12) games are crucial to the Cubs season. The way they are playing against lowly Pittsburgh does not bode well for bigger challenges against Atlanta, Milwaukee and St. Louis. Indications are that Aramis Ramirez could be back in time for the Cardinals series. Let's hope its not too late to salvage the season.