Cubs split the series against the Dodgers: L-W-W-L
Cubs Series Record through Wednesday: 7-6-7 (25-24 overall)
Did you know the Cubs’ 2-1 win over LA was their first win of the season when scoring less than four runs? (The more you kkknnoooowwwwww)
- ESPN.com’s John Greenberg compares the Cubs to some racehorse or something. If you find the nutgraph, let me know.
- Chicago Sun-Times Chris De Luca says Aramis Ramirez might get off-season surgery on his dislocated left shoulder.
- In the epic battle of Gatorade dispenser vs. Carlos Zambrano with a bat, Gatorade dispenser was laid to rest. Permanently.
- Chicago Tribune’s Rick Morrissey: voice of reason?
- Sean Marshall is headed to the pen, Ryan Freel is headed to Mesa and Ryan Dempster has a blister. [Chicago Tribune notes]
- Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue tries to give you the glass half-full recap of that 8-2 LA pounding.
Through intense research and analysis (guess-work) I have decided that if the Cubs are to make the playoffs the bullpen must pitch at a B average for the entire season. So, in order to determine if there is any accuracy in this statement I am chronicling the work of the Cubs’ pen.
Thursday: A. When the starting pitchers go deep, the bullpen results are good. This time, the pen put up two innings of scoreless relief.
Friday: A. 2 IP, 0 ER. Go pitchers go!
Saturday: A. 2 IP, 0 ER. I’m starting to sense some sort of trend here.
Sunday: A+. Remember all of those teachers and professors you had that refused to give out A-plusses? Well they can eat it right in their face today, because Papa Paschen is doling out A+ left and right and there is nothing that the Illinois Board of Education can do about it! 4.2 IP, 0 ER in what is thus far the Cubs most impressive game of relief.
Bullpen season GPA: 2.86(B-) GPA through 48 games. The last few weeks the Cubs bullpen has been spot on. With the way the starters and bullpen have been pitching, if the hitters could come around the Cubs would be in prime position for a hot streak.
Hero/Goat season leaders:
When it comes to team MVP, people usually stick with the numbers. But at the end of the season, I want to know which player had a direct impact on the outcome of the game the most. To name my Cub season MVP (and LVP), I am keeping track of the game’s heroes and goats in order to determine a winner. Usually it is one game, one hero/goat, but that is by no means a written-in-stone rule.
Thursday’s Goat: Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot. In the bottom of the ninth, after Bobby Scales had put the game in reach with his pinch-hit home run, both hitters had men in scoring position with less than two outs. Then Soriano struck out badly, bad enough to give me ‘nam-level flashbacks of the end of Sammy Sosa’s career, and Theriot GIDP’d. Game over.
Friday’s Hero: Ted Lilly. Seven innings of one-run ball against one of the best offenses in the league. Bravo Senor Flower, bravo.
Saturday’s Hero: Reed Johnson and Ryan Dempster. One got on base in every at-bat and hit a sexy dinger (chicks still dig the long ball) and one went seven innings of scoreless pitching. I’ll let you try and figure out who’s who.
Sunday’s Goat: Sean Marshall. 4.1 IP, 7 ER. Yikes. The silver lining: it was against one of the best offenses in the N.L. an Sean Marshall is the Cubs’ fifth starter. The crap-colored brown lining: Sean Marshall’s ERA is at 4.73 and climbing.
Hero Squad: Number is games chosen as hero/goat.
4 – Johnson
3 – Lilly
2 – Fukudome, Ramirez, Theriot, Zambrano
1 – Bradley, Dempster, Fontenot, Gregg, Guzman, Harden, Lee, Marmol, Marshall, Scales, Soto
3– Cotts, Fontenot, Hoffpauir, Patton
2 – Heilman, Soto
1 – Fox, Gregg, Harden, Lee, Marshall, Samardzija, Scales, Soriano