Forget the curse – the Cubs just played poorly

Nobody has written about it yet as far as I can tell, but I know it’s coming. I know somebody out there is ready to write about how the Chicago Cubs are still cursed following their 7-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS on Wednesday night.

But a curse had nothing to do with it – the Cubs just didn’t play well.

A curse didn’t affect Ryan Dempster’s control (he walked seven batters), the Cubs’ offense outside of a two-run dinger by Mark DeRosa, or aid James Loney in hitting a grand slam. (Or for that matter, aid Manny Ramirez in hitting a solo shot despite him completely being out on his front foot and the pitch being located at his shoelaces. I’m still shocked that he hit that one out.)

Forget the Billy Goat and Steve Bartman. If the “Cubbies” can’t figure out a way to carry their regular season success into the postseason, they’ll once again be watching the Fall Classic from their living rooms. There’s no need to hit the panic button yet, but obviously Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs’ offense need to dramatically step up in Game 2 Thursday night.

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