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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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