Really it began at Wrigley on June 20th.
The Cubs had just swept the Pirates.
They'd won 47 games and lost only 20.
Then the Cardinals came to town and beat the Cubs 3-2.
It was a blip.
A couple days later they'd been swept by the Redbirds, and the Cubs were boarding a plane to Miami all decked out in brightly colored suits.
Even with the sweep, it was still a party and everyone was talking history in the making for our favorite team.
But then they lost 3 of 4 in Miami, and The Dread began to creep into our collective brains.
Then, a plunge.
They swept the Reds somewhere in there, but since June 21, the Cubs have lost 14 games and won 5.
It's a major funk, for sure.
If you watched last night, Jake Arrieta gave up 6 in 6 innings, and then later Trevor Cahill just couldn't find the plate (29 pitches, 12 strikes, 3 walks).
While this was happening, the Cubs almost miraculously scored 4 runs despite 3 double plays.
(The Reds, Braves and Pirates have 8 double plays vs the Cubs in the last 3 games.)
But the final score was 4-8 Pirates.
There are 2 more games with the Bucs and then the All-Star break, which can't get here fast enough.
I mean, it's a break for the Cubs' team record, but not really for the Cub players since there are 7 of them going.
Still, I'm sure Joe Maddon will use the break like... it's a new season starting on July 15th when the Rangers come to Wrigley.
And lets forget about the disaster that started with the Cardinal sweep.
Lets get a healthy Dexter Fowler back, and see what's out there for pitching help.
It's okay to be frustrated.
But I'm still not gonna freak out.
Well, I mean maybe I will but whatever.
It would certainly be nice to go into the break with a couple wins in Pittsburgh, which can still happen.
Some of these rally-killing double plays were... the other day vs the Braves (or maybe it was the Reds), Ben Zobrist hit a freaking rocket but right at a guy.
Instead of a run or two, it's two outs.
Just a little while ago, those plays went the other way.
Just a little while ago, Cub batters made opposing pitchers work, and they were the ones with 105 pitches in the 5th.
Just a little while ago, the bullpen was awesome.
Just a little while ago, the starting 5 were the best in baseball.
(By the way, their collective ERA has "ballooned" to 3.24 which is still the best in baseball. It just doesn't seem like it.)
I'd like to find that team again so I can take that poster down off my tree.
The All Star jerseys.
The Cubs wearing basically the same one worn by Steve Garvey is just appalling.