Dempster did it yet again tonight. Crushed the Sox pushing his record to 9-2, a perfect 9-0 at home. Lou gave him the chance to go the full nine innings but after a couple got on, including a weak infield single off the third base bag, Howry came in in relief (perhaps a bit of Marmol-aid might be called for after all…what is wrong with Carlos lately? Even with a great Cubs win and sweep of the weekend series I can’t help but continue to wonder) and put the final few outs away in front of the greatest fans in Chicago, in the greatest ballpark in Chicago, for what is clearly the better team in Chicago.
Every time a Cub came to the plate you expected something exciting to happen after Friday night’s walk-off result. And of course, it was Ramirez who authored that piece of drama and excitement who was center stage throughout Saturday’s and tonight’s wins against the Sox. Ramirez went yard yet again this evening wrapping up a killer series this weekend against the crosstown rival Sox giving him a BA of .500 for the weekend series. One of the best third basemen in the game came through again this evening and it must-see TV every time I knew he’d be up in the next inning.
Patterson had a great weekend as well and capped off his emergence into the Cubbie Collection of Contributors for this season in meaningful games and situations where key talent has gone down with injuries by stepping up and filling in for Soriano tonight in left and hitting his first major league home run. The seven runs the Cubs put on the board along with a dominant Dempster made this game especially fun to watch.
When Dempster was left in by Lou to try and get the complete game, I knew he’d be on a short leash and he was. But I gain more and more respect for Lou as a manager as the season goes on for moments like this. The guy simply knows how to manage and get the most out of what he’s given. As a result, the Cubs sit atop the Central by 4.5 games (Cards lost to the RED Sox earlier this afternoon) and own the best home start at Wrigley that any of us have every seen, including a fourteen game streak of hanging the W flag! And as if that wasn’t enough…Dempster…14 in a row at home…32-8 to start the season at Wrigley…as if that weren’t enough…next up: the Orioles. Can’t wait to see what Derosa does against the O’s considering he was rumored to be headed there all winter. I’d love to see Brian Roberts lay a giant Oriole egg in this upcoming series while Derosa buckles down and tears it up. Marshall up first Tuesday night looking to fill some giant Zambrano sized cleats.
Do I hear 15 in a row?
Way to go Cubs! SWEEP! SWEEP! SWEEP!!!
Go Cubs Go!
Oh, this is fun. Incredible game! Cubs took the second game of the weekend series against the Sox today with an incredible nine run fourth inning including two home runs by Edmonds, one by Ramirez and one by Fontenot. And I thought Lilly scored with the bail out Ramirez gave him yesterday with his two shots…that was a scratch off compared to the lottery of runs Marquis scored today.
I must admit, when I heard Edmonds was a Cub I couldn’t believe it. Wait, Jim Edmonds?? Former St. Louis Cardinal Jim Edmonds? The same Jim Edmonds who had produced for the Cardinals time and time again against the Cubs making one of the 2 or 3 Cardinals we least looked forward to seeing at the plate against us in crucial situations? This is supposed to be good for team morale? I suppose it made sense at the time. However, considering he’s hitting over .400 in his last 18 games with the Cubs and blasting huge shots out of Wrigley against the team’s crosstown rival, what’s there to complain about or be confused by now? I mean fans are bowing to him like they do Fukudome. He continues to perform and produce like Fukudome we may start seeing different headbands worn around the outfield at Wrigley. Huge day for Edmonds in shedding that Cardinal red and having us get use to him in Cub blue. Great day today Edmonds, way to go man.
Marquis improved to an incredibly respectable 6-3 on the season and Wood got his 19th save of the year. Even better news, Zambrano went on the DL to rest his strained shoulder and x-rays show no serious damage. Two starts missed is fine all things considered and if the rest of the guys continue to step up during his and Soriano’s absence, we’ll look pretty good going into the end of Summer. And who would have thought that a simple switch of our closer and a starter would make such a difference to this team? I doubted Wood all Spring…no more. Keep it up Kerry. Marmol and Howry have left much to desire lately. We’re going to need you even more while they get through this rough patch.
Tomorrow night’s game is nationally televised. Looking forward to seeing them continue this Sox bashing. And with recent events, I admit…I even kind of look forward to seeing Edmonds.
Go Cubs Go!
What an unbelievable season so far. I honestly think my computer was even so shocked at how well the season is going, it put its self on the DL. Back up and running now though…good times.
29-8 at home. 3 1/2 games up in the Central. A bunch of players up for potentially starting in the All-Star game. Kendall who? Fukudome’s #1 taking on a whole new meaning with the second major injury to Soriano this season. This season just keeps getting more and more interesting with Zambrano now experiencing some pain and will miss his next start. It’s one thing to lose Soriano for 6+ weeks, but losing him and Zambrano?? I don’t know if we can handle that honestly. Hopefully Zambrano doesn’t miss too much time. While Dempster is having a great year and the rest of the rotation is holding it’s own, to lose our ace and our leadoff hitter could be too much. The last thing we need to see is the Cubs in a great place in mid-June and then struggle through the Summer because of injury. As soon as I saw Soriano get hit by that pitch, my first thought was ‘did that hit him in the face?’ Then I couldn’t believe it ended up being 6 weeks because it broke his hand. I’m glad he didn’t suffer a serious head injury, but this broken hand…I know I’m harping on the injuries and may be making too much of it, but come on…this isn’t good.
I love Fukudome and think he’ll be great in the leadoff spot but Soriano was finally coming around to having a great season performing like he should up top. Hitting home runs, getting on base and adding that much needed speed to the lineup that Piniella has mentioned a few times. In the Spring I thought it was a shame some of the guys I felt were deserving of sticking with the club had to be sent down as there only so many outfield positions to fill but getting them up here like this isn’t what I had in mind. Edmonds, Johnson, Fukudome and Derosa when necessary. Edmonds has a foot problem and Johnson is having back spasms. Maybe being still interested in Coco Crisp isn’t such a bad idea. Who would we give up for him? Middle-tier pitching, I guess.
Big weekend this weekend taking on the White Sox. Both teams lead their respective divisions, first time for interleague play. The city is going to be locked in all weekend as many experts are saying it could be a preview to the ’08 Series. That would be crazy. What’s even crazier though…they were saying the same thing about our series with the Rays. THE RAYS! (How do you give up seven runs in one inning to the RAYS?!? I don’t care how good they are…c’mon Marmol! It’s Tampa Bay!!! That certainly couldn’t have been the homecoming Lou was looking for…swept?? Home Sweep Home for Lou unfortunately).
Lilly’s looking strong as of late and he’ll kick off the weekend today against a guy who has never faced the Cubs before. Let’s hope Danks’ day is as bad as Zambrano’s is good as his shoulder is being looked at today. We definitely can’t lose Big Z for any extended period of time if we’re going to do this this year. Just can’t. That is of course unless…how’s Fukudome’s fastball?
Well, regardless, I suppose when something as serious as your ace’s shoulder could possibly be coming up lame on you, you can always focus on something far less serious yet, nearly as interesting: one of the most interesting articles about the Cubs’ uni’s I’ve ever read. Enjoy the game, enjoy the article
. Beat the Sox…Go Cubs Go!