It was pretty evident that the Chicago Cubs were going to struggle to win games in 2022, but then this team looked fun over the first week of the season. There is nothing fun about this Cubs team anymore, and there’s not much good either.
After winning the two of the first three games against the hated St. Louis Cardinals last weekend, things absolutely fell apart from there. The Cubs suffered two straight losses to end the series before losing a game in Baltimore.
A trip to Yankee Stadium was next on the schedule, and it was a chance for the Cubs to see old friend Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo and his teammates weren’t very welcoming guests in that series as they simply embarrassed the Cubs.
New York outscored the Cubs 28-5 over the three games and showed just how far apart the two franchises are. The Yankees continue to acquire top-tier talent and the Cubs are worried about saving a few bucks.
Waving the white “W” flag after a Cubs win used to be something that was done proudly by Cubs fans, but the team has decided to wave a different kind of flag. Tom Ricketts and company have already waved the white surrender flag this season, and likely for 2023 as well.
At least Cubs fans have responded by not showing up at Wrigley Field to watch this mess, but that will probably force Ricketts to cut spending, even more, to make up for lost revenue.
Let the Fire Sale Begin
We are getting closer and closer to the 2022 MLB Trade Deadline and it’s going to be another fire sale on the Northside of Chicago. The biggest difference this time around is that the Cubs don’t really have many players that other teams want.
Willson Contreras will net the Cubs the biggest return, even though it still might be a good decision to extend him. Ian Happ and Marcus Stroman could also be on the move in July, or sooner if the Cubs are able to find a trade partner.
If you think this team is bad now, just wait until the Cubs are trotting out a Minor League lineup on a nightly basis.
Cubs DFA Clint Frazier
In the middle of all of the losing over the past week, the Cubs front office also made a ridiculous roster decision. It was announced right before the start of the Yankees series that the team designated Clint Frazier for assignment.
Frazier wasn’t exactly having a great season for the Cubs, but he also didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself. The biggest reason that this was a TERRIBLE decision is the fact that Jason Heyward is still on this roster.
Heyward should have been released or traded years ago, but instead, David Ross continues to put him in the starting lineup. If there is one move that signals how bad things have gotten it’s the decision to keep playing Heyward.