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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Cubs Sweep Past .500

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Not only did the Chicago Cubs actually win a game in extra-innings, for the first time this season, but they swept the Washington Nationals out of Wrigley Field and put themselves a game over .500 and solidly in the two slot in the NL Central (for now). Watching Sweet Lou make the moves he did to first tie the game up to get it to extras, and then see those moves pay off once again in the 10th for the win, brings a smile to my face, and makes me laugh to think of the fool we had steering the ship for the last few years.

Angel Guzman looked good at times, and completely lost at others, but I'm sure he'll take the ND this time around since the Cubbies still came out on top. It was much better than the last three atrocious outings he had with the Iowa club. Funny how that happens from time to time. Len and Bob seemed to think AAA hitters swing at everything and therefore roughed him up worse than the big leaguers did, but I find that to be just a bit of a stretch. OK, a lot of a stretch. Whatever the case may be, I'm glad he hung in there long enough to eat up a few innings. Bob Howry has been scaring me of late, but let's hope he figures out whatever the hell he's doing wrong sooner than later. If not, I'm sure Pinella will keep him out of harm's way for a while. Speaking of, I don't think I'll be missing Ronny Cedeno and his .091 BA anytime soon. Or his .121 OBP. Or his 1 BB vs. 8 K. Someone help RC find a house in Des Moines, will ya?

Nice to see Matt Murton get back in there with his 10th inning double and scoring the winning run when Daryle Ward popped one out to the track. Hell, even Henry Blanco got a base knock in the extra frame. Too bad the Northsiders don't get to play every other series against the Nats.

Now, it's three games hosting the Pirates served up on the tee. I feel good about this series as well. I know, the Cubs are on a five game winning streak, and the Bucs are on a three game skid, so the law of averages would suggest the Cubs could drop two of the three. I've never been a great one at paying attention to the laws. Especially when it'll be Lilly, Marquis and Zambrano taking the hill. Edge: Chi-Town.

And how about Ryan Theriot coming through with the game-tying knock as well? This kid can hit, and can do it in the clutch. Gotta like it. Keep him in the lineup, Lou. Sit Izzy and let the young man play if/when Derosa gets the start at the 4. And, whatever JJ has been eating lately, keep it up, my man. Not that I have to even point it out, but D Lee and his .414/.496/.612 with 21 RBI and 22 R is just what the doctor ordered as well. A couple more knocks into the bleacher seats would be nice, but who am I to be unsatisfied with that kind of performance to this point.

Let's stay above .500 for a while, shall we? Keep that RA # down, and things should keep on the up.

Go Cubs!

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