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State of the Cubs Week 2

Posted on: April 13, 2008 8:13 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 10:57 pm
 

7-5 3rd place in the central 1.5 games back of the Cardinals

The week that was: This week marked the first road trip of the year. The Cubs playing in Pittsburgh and Philly, going 4-2. Every single victory was gained by a relief pitcher (LieberX2, Hart and Wood). The Cubs also got 3 saves during the trip, not a single one was by closer Kerry Wood (Marmol, Marshall, Howry). The Cubs made their first roster move of the season, sending down lefty reliever Carmon Pignaitiello for Sean Marshall, and with the way Marshall has pitched I expect him to stay up at least until Scott Eyre comes off the DL.

The Good

  1. Ryan Dempster. Who would've thought Dempster would be 2nd in NL ERA just behind Justin Germano? Not I. His .69 ERA .62 WHIP and .095 BAA are simply spectacular sofar. I have to admit  I didn't like Dempster in the rotation at all, but to this point Lou decision trumps mine especially when you consider:
  2. Jon Lieber. Has saved our butts twice on this road trip, and has proved more valuable in the pen as the long guy. But with the presence of Kevin Hart and Sean Marshall, I believe it's only a matter of time before he finds himself in the rotation.
  3. Derrek Lee. It took Lee two whole months to get 4 HRs, he has that number already. He has 10 EBH in 12 games, along with 9 R 9 RBIs and a .346 BA. This is the Derrek Lee from 2005, and we can only hope he has another season as majical as that one.
  4. Geovany Soto. On the week he had 1 HR 5 RBI 3 2b. He is the co-team leader in RBIs and is slowly making his way up the lineup, as high as 5th.

The Bad

  1. Ted Lilly. Wasn't a good week. He should've easily run away with a 7 run lead, but he didn't. Then I knew pitching in Citizen's Bank wouldn't be good. 3 starts is enough to be concerned, but not worried or panicy. His next start is in Chicago on Thursday against the Reds.
  2. Rich Hill. Command is important, he didn't have it this week. Apparently Lou has decided to skip his next turn, which I feel is very premature considering his first start wasn't bad. His next start will probably be next Sunday.

The Ugly

  1. Carmon Pigantiello. I guees 8 pitches 8 balls is enough to get you sent to the minors. He'll be back eventually, just probably not for a while.

What to expect this week: The Cubs head back home after an off day Monday for a 3-game set against the Reds, then one against the Pirates. The Cubs will see the aces of both teams, Aaron Harang and Ian Snell respectively. Ryan Dempster will have 2 starts, one aginst Josh Fogg and one against Tom Gorzelanny.

My Prediction: Cubs go 4-2, losing the game Ted Lilly starts, not because of Lilly's preformence and losing the game against Ian Snell

Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs
 
Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2008 1:18 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Great thoughts Don I was gone on vacation for the latter half of that week. Seems the Cubs had there typical hard times in Philly but the sweep of the Pirates made up for it or in this case allowed us to sustain it. Looks like your about spot on with the prediction for this week at least I hope we are at least 4-2 after starting the week 3-1.



Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:44 am
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Excellent post indeed! 

I was at games 2 and 3 against the Phils.  Wood pitched very well on Sunday but probably got a little help from the wind in keeping Utley's shot in the park.  The result was Utley being stranded on 2nd, so no harm done.  Marmol was his usual self; 2K's in 1 1/3. Saturday's loss just has to be a tip of the cap to Hamels.  He had it working giving up only D Lee's double in 7 innings. 

It is about time the top of the order gets things goin.  Reed Johnson looks good, hopefuly the return home to the "Friendly Confines" will inject some life into the boys.  Soriano is off to yet another frigid start!  Soto is the real deal, nice clutch check swing  rbi single off Flash Gordon in the 8th. Love this kid!




Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2008 12:36 am
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

SeanJWeb,

I think he's definitely had a large impact sofar, and will continue to, even today he pitched two solid innings. You can look at his ERA and think that he's not been very good, but one bad outing kills reliever's ERAs early in the season. As a sign of things to come, if you look at his WHIP, its great, under 1.

Thank you BJordan




Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2008 11:13 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Love this blog! You did a great job writing it.



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2008 11:11 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Nice write up.  Thanks.  Good to see the guys getting a day off tomorrow.  They've earned it.

I'm wondering how Wood is going to pan out as a closer.  I'm surprised that he has not had more of an impact for whatever reason.  Maybe the Cubs bats will pick up while he's on the mound next week.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2008 10:43 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Ted Lilly for N.L. Player of the week!!!



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2008 10:41 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Did I not mention that...i guess i didn't...i was going to, just forgot




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2008 10:23 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 2

Not to mention 3 extra inning games this week..we seriously need a break..


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