So says Cubs chief muckety-muck Andy MacPhail in his interview with MLB.com. Of course, he’s right that the big problem is the Cubs’ offense. And, luckily, he doesn’t resort to using the injuries as an excuse:
Everybody has injuries. You just have to overcome them. We haven’t done a very good job of that. And we haven’t hit. Injuries are a factor but they are by no means the main reason or the reason itself.
But a couple of his answers are certainly suspect. In response to Kerry Wood’s comments about the Cubs’ lack of energy, MacPhail said, “I was in Des Moines [watching the Triple-A team] and got all of that second- and third-hand. I’ve never doubted the competitive spirit in Kerry and I think that’s a good thing. No one wants to lie down.”
OK, I guess they don’t have Internet connections in Des Moines. It would have just been too much for him to keep up with the press coverage of his team. That’s a cop out. And so is his remark that nobody wants to lie down. Maybe nobody wants to, but plenty of Cubs are doing it. But he doesn’t have the guts to call out his players the way Baylor and Wood have done. That’s probably a smart move in the end, but still a cop out.
And what about Mark Prior? Will he be starting next week? “You can speculate that way. Things would have to fall in place for that to happen. It’s not out of the realm of possibilty.” Not out of the realm of possibility?!
How’s this for reality, not just possibility: one starter (Jason Bere) is 1-6 with a 6.31 ERA and another (Juan Cruz) is 0-7 with a decent 3.86 ERA but hasn’t made it past the fourth inning in his last two starts.
Come on, Andy. Wake up.