By my unofficial count the Cubs currently have just over 1,200 players on the 15-day disabled list. I might be off by a few, but whatever the actual number, it’s a lot. In a previous job, I used to estimate Grant Park victory rally crowds for the Bulls. Did you know there were 7.4 billion at the 1992 rally? Trust me. I counted.
Now you might think that given this spate of injuries that it would be difficult, maybe even impossible, to get a handle on just what kind of team the Cubs actually have this year.
You’d be wrong. Because injuries or no, it’s pretty clear that this team blows.
The Cubs just finished a 2-8 road trip through St. Louis, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. It was riotously successful given that:
a) they were not no-hit in any of the games
b) they won two more than any of us though they would
c) nobody died
Now they’re home for a fun little stand against the Brewers, Yankees and White Sox. If you thought things couldn’t get worse…
Why don’t we tour the roster and check on the state of the Cubs?
That state is largely “Meh.”
My second effort for SB Nation Chicago is a suitably long Cubs Report.
And if you haven’t seen that Kermit writes there now, too, check this out.