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

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Let's Win Two

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Hey, Hey! The Chicago Cubs win two in a row. On the same day. Nice. Alfonso Soriano hits a dinger in each game. It's about time, but better late than never. If he only wouldn't have gotten picked off second and caught stealing third in the second game, but the Cubs will take those gaffs in a 7-1 beatdown over a one run ballgame anytime. Especially since they have yet to win a one run affair (0 for 6). Ouch.

But, I'm trying to stay positive here. Third place, 5.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers, wh are holders of the best record in the Majors, hell, it's better than the cellar (right Cardinals?!). Derrek Lee is leading the Majors in BA as well with a stellar start of .415, and the 1.092 OPS ain't exactly sub-par either(#6 in MLB). Rich Hill and Jason Marquis are currently #5 (1.77) and #7 (2.09) in the NL in ERA. Sweet. But what's up with Carlos Zambrano? Big Z is behind Ted Lilly (#16 in the NL with a 2.82) sitting way back at #51 (5.77!!). Yikes. Hill is also starting off like a stud with a 0.87 WHIP, #3 in MLB. Lilly is #7 (0.94) and Marquis is #12 (1.03). Basically, when the Wizard of the Internet comes back to form, the Cubs are going to be four deep. #5 is weak though, with Wade Miller and possibly Angel Guzman fighting for who can get smacked around harder. Ugh.

How about Ryan Theriot? .333/.385/.403 is just what the doctor ordered. I mean, .385 OBP? And he's leading the team with 5 stolen bases. Go get 'em, kid. Aramis actually had a good April (what?) with a .284/.360/.511, 5 HR, 17 RBI and 11BB vs. 12 K. Looks like Lou Pinella actually woke this guy up this offseason. Nice to see someone can get the guy out the gates ready to go.

Speaking of Sweet Lou, he's been pushing all the right buttons so far. He's putting who he wants, where he wants, when he wants, and I Love It. Can anyone be further from The Dude, Dusty "Freakin" Baker? No, and good riddance to the "Old School" (or, as I put it, "No School") DB. Have fun in the booth trying to say as many moronic things as Joe Morgan. I'd say it's head to head so far.

Three afternoon games with the Washington Nationals. I smell a per game wager with my bud Manoli. Zambrano, Hill and Guzman, eh? Well, two out of three ain't bad.

.500 here we come (yeah, yeah, try and contain your excitement).

Go Cubs!

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