Ian Happ has a great weekend but the Chicago Cubs lose the series against the Cardinals
The weekend that the Chicago Cubs had was just not good. It was marred by weird calls and the team not hitting. The two losses to the Cardinals now has the Chicago sitting at an 18-19 record with our hopes of hitting coming back with Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant. Who would have thought last season that the spark the Cubs might need hitting was Heyward? Now we have to start worrying about Jake Arrieta.
ELIAS: Jake Arrieta allowed 4 runs Sunday; he’s allowed 33 runs in 8 starts this season. Didn’t allow his 33rd run in 2016 until July 8th.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 15, 2017
Of his eight starts this season Jake has only turned in three quality. Arrieta is only two years removed from winning the Cy Young, and now his ERA is up to 5.44 after this last start. Cubs fans now see his fastball sitting at 92-91 mph with a lot of questions going forward. Sunday’s game he stayed in there for six innings giving up seven hits and four more runs. But Maddon seems to be up on what he sees with Jake Arrieta to maybe regaining his old stuff.
“It would be great to have that occur,” Maddon said. “He’s shown flashes of that, I think, this year, also. I have so much faith and confidence in him and his methods and just him.
“You’re pretty aware that I don’t get caught up off the bandwagon very easily. I really believe he’s going to be fine. I believe it’s going to be almost like a snap of the fingers, everything’s going to fall back into place, and you’re going to see this slow method of better, better, better, great.”
On the other side, It’s getting scary to how bad the Cub’s bats have been this season. Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals had his way with almost the whole line up going seven innings and allowing only four hits. All of our power hitters Rizzo, Schwarber, and Russell can’t get a hit right now. For any of this to work those three players need to get their batting averages to above .260 at least. The health of this team is starting to catch up with them as Zobrist, Jon Jay and Heyward are banged up.
The light at the end of the tunnel with this team is, of course, the youth. Right now with Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario making spot starts the Cubs just need to make it thru this terrible stretch of losing series. We have been told and now seen what we are going to get out of Ian Happ. He is a very try-hard guy with a sweet stroke. It seems fitting to the hype that he is getting, for Ian to hit a home run for his first hit in the bigs.
— MLB (@MLB) May 13, 2017
The need for Ian Happ and Candelario to just hold it together right now is what the Cubs need. Chicago doesn’t need them to come in and be superstars but just keep the team together until the rest of the team figures it out again.