The Bulls got mercy-fuck jobs from Orlando and Brooklyn to get into the playoffs. If they had to battle actual playoff contenders like Indiana and Miami, the Bulls would’ve gotten their asses kicked…or manage to fuck it up in a mind-blowing fashion.
If the Bulls hadn’t shit the bed in NYC last week (losing to the Knicks and the starting-two-rookies-in-April Nets, they may have been able to BS their way into a fifth seed (and a less-challenging series against the Wizards).
Then again, a playoff series for the Bulls “validates” the BS that GarPax did this year. Come summer, they’ll sign two more “name” veterans in an effort to get “younger and more athletic,” and we’l be right back here next April, watching the Bulls scrape into the Eastern Conference’s eight seed.
AND STOP PUTTING PEDRO FUCKING STROP IN!!!!!!! GODDAMNIT, HE’S KEVIN FUCKING GREGG ALL OVER AGAIN. THAT DIPSHIT CAN’T STRAIGHTEN HIS FUCKING HAT, LET ALONE FUCKING PITCH. HE’S A GODDAMNED MOTHERFUCKING USELESS FUCKING BAG OF FLAMING DOG SHIT HACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
You’re right, Pie, baseball is a marathon. Most of these guys are just now feeling their legs again. However, the problems with Pedro Strop, and Maddon’s bull-headedness, go back to last year – e.g. overuse of Chapman during the playoffs. He messes with the lineup too much, and he has zero trust in his starters. Then, he continues to put Strop in winnable games just to watch him blow it! This was a game the Cubs had in the bag if Maddon had just left Strop in the bullpen. If this is the best the Cubs have got for middle relief, then we are in trouble. Also, from other blogs I’ve read that Arrieta, Strop, Hendricks, and Rodon all have lower velocities than usual. Is it just early year kinks or something more serious?
And I agree with many Cub fans; Cubs won last year in spite of, not because of, Joe Maddon.
I disagree on Maddon. I think he knows what he’s doing….after all, the Cubs won a WS after 108 years of futility. He relates well to most of the players, he’s very intelligent, and he’s not afraid to take a chance.or three. I don’t believe the Cubs would have made it to the WS last year without Maddon (we’ll never know).
As for velocities, I won’t be surprised if they increase in the weeks ahead. That said, throwing harder is not always better…as we have witnessed.
It IS a long season, and I expect changes will be made, as needed.