Updated: May 11, 2014 6:34PM
ATLANTA — Watching the Cubs try to score runs this season feels a lot like the time Jack Nicholson’s movie character walked into the psychiatrist’s waiting room, took one look at the patients and said:
“What if this is as good as it gets?”
The only difference might be that in the Cubs’ case, the question appears to have been answered for weeks, and we’ve barely reached Mother’s Day.
When they lost 5-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, the Cubs managed just two or fewer runs for the 15th time in 36 games this year, including all three in the Braves’ series sweep.
They already were the third-lowest scoring team in the National League entering play Sunday before 36-year-old Aaron Harang – a late addition to an injury-plagued staff near the end of spring training – struck them out nine times in six-inning start.
The Cubs have lost seven of their last eight after suffering their third series sweep of the season, the first of more than two games.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (2-3) turned in his third quality start of the season, but the go-ahead home run he allowed to Evan Gattis leading off the fourth tagged him with the loss.