27-17 2 games up on Cardinals in Central
The Week that was:
- Game 1: Cubs score in bunchs, scoring 11 in a two-inning span. That would be plenty for Carlos Zambrano, who went 7 IP 3 ER. 7 different Cubs record RBIs, and Alfonso Soriano hits his 4th HR (he wont be done for the week). Cubs win 12-3
- Game 2:Shawn Estes' return to Wrigley did not go as many of his previous starts there had. He limited the Cubs to 3 runs, including Alfonso Soriano's 5th HR. Jason Marquis is once again the victum of the big inning, as he allows 4 in the 4th, including a Khalil Greene HR. Wuertz came on to throw 3 IP of scoreless, 1-hit baseball. Padres win 4-3
- Game 3: Who would've thought that Ted Lilly would outduel Jake Peavy, but him and his 6 IP 4 ER 11 SO preformence did just that. Alfonso Soriano hit a leadoff HR for the second straight game (6) and Geovany Soto added his 7th, 2 of his 3 RBIs on the night (29). Cubs win 8-5
- Game 4: Ryan Dempster turned in the Cubs 2nd straight 11+ K game, one-upping Lilly with 12. He went 8.1 scoreless, walking only one before he gave way to Kerry Wood, who collected his 8th SV. The Cubs scored all 4 runs in the 5th, including a RBI single by Dempster, and a Derrek Lee 2-RBI (29) double. This game was Jim Edmonds debute with the Cubs, he went 1-4 with 7 LOB. Cubs win 4-0
- Game 5: The Pirates will be very happy that they don't have to send Tom Gorzelanny to the mound during their next series with the Cubs. As the Cubs touched him up for 7 ER for the 3rd time this year. Sean Gallagher collected his first major league win, going 6 IP of 1 ER baseball. Alfonso Soriano hit 2 more HRs (8) including his 3rd leadoff of the week, Geovany Soto (8) and Mark DeRosa (4) also homered. Bob Howry gave up 3 in 2 IP, creating the need for Kerry Wood to collect his 9th SV. Cubs win 7-4
- Game 6: The Cubs lose a game where they score 4 runs for only the 2nd time all season. Carlos Zambrano threw his worst outing of the season, giving up 5 R in 4 IP. Alfonso Soriano couldn't carry the team by himself, despite 2 HRs (9, 10). Carlos Marmol made a mistake on a pitch to Nate McLouth, which ended up being the winning HR, Marmol's first loss of the season and 2nd in the last 2 years. Wuertz went 2.2 IP, scoreless with only 1 hit. Pirates win 7-6
- Game 7: 4 hits turned out to be enough, along with the 7 BB. Jason Marquis went 6 IP 2 ER, with 2 the 2 ER coming on a Adam LaRoche first inning HR. Soriano and Reed Johnson hit Sac Flies, and Ronny Cedeno and Kosuke Fukudome hitting RBI singles. Bob Howry and Carlos Marmol both got holds, Marmol striking out the side. Kerry Wood came on for his 10th save. Cubs win 4-3
My Prediction: I said 5-2...they went 5-2....I said Soriano would have a very good week, he had an amazing week. I also correctly predicted Sean Gallagher's first ML win and that the offense would score 8+ twice.
Welcome to the big leagues kid...er...sir: Cubs welcomed Micah Hoffpauir to the bigs, after putting Daryle Ward on the DL with a bad back. Hoffpauir struck out in his only AB. He is 28, which is 2 years older than Carlos Zambrano, who's been in the league since 2001. He very well could get a start this week, to give Derrek Lee some time off. Lee failed to record a hit during the Pittsburgh series.
What to expect this week:
Cubs travel to Houston for a 3 game stretch with the Astros, who have been red hot lately, winning 19 out of their last 27. But those wins did come mostly against the Rangers, Giants, Dodgers, Nationals, Brewers, Reds and Rockies...not exactly a bunch of great teams in that bunch. The Cubs luckily get to miss Roy Oswalt and Brandon Backe.
- Game 1: The Cubs send up Ted Lilly, who is looking to record his 4th straight win. He is coming off of back-to-back 10+ K preformences. The Astros counter with Brian Moehler. Moehler is making his 3rd start of the season, after being coverted out of the pen. Both of those games were Astros wins. He's given up 6 ER in 6 IP at home this year.
- Game 2: Ryan Dempster vs. Chris Sampson. Dempster is coming off of his best start of the season, and in the last 3 years has a 1.16 ERA in 23.0 IP against the Astros. Lance Berkman is 10-34 with 4 HRs in his career vs. Dempster. Sampson did have a 6.2 IP 2 ER preformence in Wrigley earlier in the year, but is coming off of a 7 R outing vs. the Giants.
- Game 3: Sean Gallagher vs. Shawn Chacon. Gallagher looks to repeat his previous outings, both Cubs wins. Chacon is coming off a 3.1 IP 8 R preformence against the Rangers. Aramis Ramirez absolutely crushes him .588/.600/1.706 with 5 HR 13 RBIs and 4 2b in 17 ABs.
Cubs then travel to Pittsburgh again, I don't know if there is anything I can tell you about the Pirates that you don't already know. 12 games against them before the end of May (8-1 against them sofar).
- Game 4: Zack Duke vs. Carlos Zambrano...we've seen this one before. Carlos Zambrano will try and rebound from his worst start of the year, and Duke will try to avoid Alfonso Soriano (.556/.600/.944 with 2 HRs in 18 ABs). This is Duke's 4th start against the Cubs this year.
- Game 5: Jason Marquis vs. Phil Dumatrait....another rerun. He walked 7 in his one start against the Cubs (today)...but this will be his 6th outing against them on the year. Marquis probably saved his spot in the rotation with his outing today, he's given up 3 ER in 12 IP against the Pirates this year, his only 2 wins.
- Game 6: Ted Lilly vs. Paul Malholm. Suprisingly the Cubs haven't faced Malholm this year. He has given up 15 ER in his last 3 starts. Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez have both HRed twice off of him in their careers. Ted Lilly had a very bad outing against the Pirates earlier in the year, but had been much better lately.
Prediction: Cubs go 4-2, taking 2 out of 3 in each series. Lilly gets a win, along with Dempster and Zambrano. Micheal Wuertz gets a win out of the pen. Wood gets 2 SVs. For offense, Soto hits 2 more HRs, and Jim Edmonds hits his first as a Cubs