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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Theo Epstein takes blame for Cubs’ struggles

Theo Epstein

The Chicago Cubs are off to a bad start in the 2019 season, and many are looking for a scapegoat. Theo Epstein says to put it all on him.

The Cubs entered Saturday’s game 1-6. Their offense has been good enough, but their pitching has been brutal. Their 59 runs allowed is the third-worst in the league, ahead of only Arizona and ironically, last year’s World Series champs, the Red Sox.

Epstein spoke with the media Saturday and said you shouldn’t blame pitching coach Tommy Hottovy or owner Tom Ricketts, but rather him.

Epstein knows there is plenty of time left, but the bad start has them alarmed.

They should be. Not too many teams that start out so poorly end up making the playoffs.

This is a make-or-break season for Joe Maddon and the franchise. If they don’t start winning, you can bet they will have a new manager after the season, if not sooner, not to mention many other big changes.

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