Incredible game today as we defeated the Brewers 9-5. Great start to our home schedule and the home crowd was loving the turn around the team showed at home as opposed to the flop our opening road trip turned into thanks to an ineffective bullpen and non-existent run production. Starting pitching proved to be a strength today with Dempster’s performance, masterfully handling the Brew Crew, fully taking advantage of the power surge the Cubs offense displayed in hitting three home runs today at Wrigley.
Mighty Casey…a small word of advice to our Cubs. Stop waiting for and relying on Might Casey. The home run is not always going to be there. Games of multiple home runs certainly won’t always be there. A large majority of our runs so far this year has come from the long ball and today was the only time we had such an outburst of hits. This outburst of men on base needs to happen far more often. How often is Soriano going to have a multi-hit game after all? He’s so afraid of running into the brick wall (all of a sudden) it seems to be effecting his whole game. Lou has to find away to put a lineup together that not only features power capability, but also the skill to manufacture runs. Right now, we look more like the pep squad firing off t-shirts to the masses at an NBA basketball game the way we’re scoring runs with the ball jumping off the bat, as opposed to a team of skilled, strategic baseball players who can be patient at the plate, get their pitches and work their way on base. Now, of course I’m not complaining about home runs. It’s just, we need to get on-base more often like we did today, work the bases wisely and rack up the hits working our guys on base around to home. Jeff Baker, Xavier Nady and Aramis Ramirez all went deep today and we won. Great. No complaints. Since there were guys on base, those home runs counted for more than just solo shots. But it’s not always going to be that way just as no other game this year has been that way. Most of the time we are simply going to need well-placed, timely hitting to get the job done. We have a couple guys that tend to be all or nothing style hitters. We can’t have our guys 1-8, game in and game out playing that same way as one cohesive offensive unit. Lou needs to fix this and fix it fast. Today was a nice change, sure, but we need this more often than not.