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Cubs win! Cubs win!

29 Apr

I was glad to see the Cubbies beat up on the Snakes on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Cub fans were beginning to wonder if their team would ever win a series again. They can do so by winning this afternoon at the BOB.

Carlos Zambrano is an incredible hitter. He had a home run and a double (the double was very close to being a home run, too). I don’t know why the Cubs don’t use him as a pinch-hitter more often.

Zambrano didn’t even put a good swing on his opposite-field home run. He’s really an impressive hitter, no matter how you cut it.

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Posted by on April 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Cubs win! Cubs win!

  1. Al

    April 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Al, good to read about the Cubbies. They might be in a little bit of trouble this year, as the Cardinals are really going to be tough, especially if Ryan Franklin is able to close games at a 90% or better clip (he’s 6-for-6 so far).

    I’m tired of hearing about the loss of DeRosa. Mike Fontenot has a .351 OBP and 3 HRs at second this year (compared to DeRosa’s .309 OBP and 4 HRs in Cleveland), and had DeRosa still been around we would not have seen Micah Hoffpauir get so many ABs in right field. I contend, for the time being, Hoffpauir makes the Cubs lineup better when he plays first base over D-Lee. Another point on DeRosa: While he played a lot of positions, he didn’t play any of them that well. Fontenot brings a better glove to second base.

    Milton Bradley is finally healthy and hopefully will build on last night’s strong game. As bad as he’s started, his OBP is .324. With consistent ABs and the return of Aramis Ramirez later this week, the offense should be just fine. I am honestly about ready to give up on D-Lee; and I hope his injury lingers so we can get a chance to see what Hoffpauir can do on a full-time basis over the course of a month or six weeks.

    One point: The Cubs, so far, are playing better when Koyie Hill catches. He’s solid defensively and he works the pitch count at the plate (.452 OBP!), even when he doesn’t get on base. I expect him to get more starts, and perhaps for now last year’s rookie of the year Geovany Soto should only start vs. lefties. Lou likes to go with the hot hand, so I expect Hill to be in the lineup today despite the night-day turnaround.

    Frankly, I’m happy with a 10-9 record considering our top three hitters (on paper) have been out and Soto is hitting about .100. I’m not worried about catching the Cardinals, because the wild card will be there for the taking between the Central runner-up and whoever emerges as the second-place team in the NL East (probably the Mets).

    It’s early, but I think you can pencil in the Dodgers as NL West champions. I thought Arizona would compete, but there is no serious challenger to the Bums. They should really monitor Kershaw’s pitch count and Joe Torre should resist the urge to bring in Jon Broxton for five-out saves in APRIL.

     
  2. Bru

    April 30, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Al,

    Betting your season, or your offense, on Milton Bradley is like back in the “AA” days, when teams put their stock in Albert Joey Belle. (Or like, um, the Dallas Stars betting on Sean Avery.) Always one pitch, one at-bat, one decision by an umpire away from implosion.

    But, you know, I’m only focusing on the real league, the one that doesn’t waste its time with letting pitchers bat anywhere in the lineup.

    I get a chuckle out of genuises LaRussa and Torre. Every time they bat their pitcher eighth, I see it as a vote for the DH in the National League.

     

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