After a beautiful day for baseball on Monday, Chicago
weather did what it does best, and brought out 40 degree temperatures and winds
blowing straight in for Tuesday and Wednesday nights’ games vs. the
Dodgers. The Cubs managed 8 runs total
in the 3-game series, but it was enough to sweep it as the Dodgers only managed
3. I know the NL West has become this
year’s NL Central, but a sweep is still a sweep.
Overall, the Cubs gave up 23 hits in the 3 game series, and
allowed another 13 men to reach via the walk, but the important thing is that
only 3 of those guys crossed home plate.
All 3 starters pitched great, Dempster and Gallagher each allowed only 1
earned run in 7, while Zambrano did the same over 8 IP. The pen combined on 6 scoreless innings, but was
a bit shaky in doing so. On separate
occasions Marmol and Howry loaded the bags with 1 out, only to narrowly, but dramatically work their way
out of the self-created jams.
In Wednesday night’s game, the 10th inning
game-winning rally was started by Mike Fontenot’s 1-out double off Chan-Ho
Park, who yes, is still pitching in the major leagues, earning that $60 million
dollar contract. Part of the reason
Fontenot was able to come through in that spot because he had started the game
the night before, and wasn’t “ice cold” coming off
the bench. Another part of the reason
Fontenot was able to come through was because Chan Ho Park was pitching.
Much like Tribune Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan, I’m
getting sick of all the talk about Soriano.
Yes, I’m sick of his act in LF, and his inability to run anymore, but
instead of worrying about what he’s not, I think it’s time to start focusing on
what he does bring to the table. Even
though he is in a “mini-slump” at the plate, he came through with the game
winning hit last night, and he is only 1 grooved fastball away from starting up
another hot streak.
On a different note, Jim Edmonds sucks. I could say it more elegantly but I don’t think
he deserves the time it would take for me to figure out how to do that. Some say he is still a Cardinal sabotaging
the Cubs from the inside, and I don’t doubt it.
Outside of the one outstanding catch he made in Houston, (See
Final Paragraph), I don’t think he has contributed one positive thing of
any value to this team. The experiment
failed Mr. Hendry, it’s time to let Jimmy go.
One alternative that has floated around rumor mills is Kenny
Lofton. While I think bringing back
Kenny would not be such a bad idea, the reason he isn’t playing for a major
league team right now is money. He was
offered contracts, but not to his liking, so he continues to sit out. The reason we took a flier on Edmonds is
because it was for the league minimum.
Kenny wants a bit more than that, and I think a platoon of Reed Johnson
and Kosuke Fukudome in center will work out just fine.
Note: This picture doesn’t have anything to do with the post, but it looks pretty cool.