Well, clearly I haven’t posted in a while. And I certainly haven’t been in Colorado this entire time. Basically I got back from Colorado and had no motivation to post. The Cubs have had moments where they’ve shone (that 10-9 come-from-behind victory over the Nationals comes to mind), but at the end of the day, I’ve struggled to find the desire to write. I’ve also been working a plethora of evenings between both jobs and most games since I’ve been back have been shown on Comcast. As mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m unable to watch those games, which only serves to increase my apathy to posting.
That being said, the season is officially half over. Eighty-two games haven been played, and the All Star Game is in the books. The Cubs are a miserable 18 games under .500 and this looks to be the second year in a row that the team will finish under .500. Very disappointing at the end of the day.
One bright spot in all of this has been my off-season discovery of the incredibly resourceful, occasionally entertaining Cubs blog Bleacher Nation. BN often posts rumors and team updates even before the Cubs themselves and I’ve oft referenced the site here on my own blog.
This afternoon Brett posted a thorough By the Numbers summary of the first half of the season and it’s definitely worth taking a look at. It does not feature every single statistic out there, but it’s fairly exhaustive and does a good job of breaking down exactly where the Cubs have struggled this season.
I really don’t have much to say other than I apologize for the prolonged absence and will make an earnest effort to post with more regularity between now and October. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, it will be very interesting to see the direction the Cubs move in. Clearly something must be done, but exactly which direction Tom Ricketts and Jim Hendry take the team in has yet to be determined.