71-47 3.5 GMs up on Milwaukee
The Week that Was: The series with the Astros started off a little rainy, the game ended up being called during the middle of the 8th, which killed the Cubs oppurtunity to seek revenge off of LaTroy Hawkins. Then the Cubs offense decided to stick it to Houston the next two days, scoring 22 runs. Rich Harden has his, by far, worst start as a Cubs, Bob Howry picked up a vulutre win (one of 2 on the week) and Kerry Wood would return to pitch a scoreless frame.
The the Cardinals series, which started out with an 11 inning Cubs win in a game they should have lost. Jim Edmonds hit multiple HRs off his former team, Alfonso Soriano gunned someone out at home, the Cubs sniffed out a suicide squeeze and Henry Blanco got the game winning single. Then Carlos Zambrano had a terrrible outing, despite hitting his 15th career HR, and then the Cubs won the rubber match on the arm of Ryan Dempster and a 5-run 6th.
My Prediction: I was off by one game, and Wood didn't get multiple SVs. Soriano is still hot although
The Week that Will be:
The Cubs head to Atlanta to face a team some call the "Richmond Braves". I was talking to a friend of mine who is a big Braves fan, he claims this series won't be close...hopefully he's correct.
Game 1: Rich Harden vs. Charlie Morton This is Harden's second start in Turner Field this year, he had a 7 IP 1 ER 8 K preformence to earn him his second win of the season. Casey Kotchmen is the only Brave to have seen him more than 3 times, and he's 3-12 without an extra base hit against him. Morton has been bad at home this season, going 0-4 with a 8.39 ERA and .324 BAA. He's coming off a win against the Diamondbacks, but had lost his previous 3 starts. No Cub has ever seen him once.
Game 2: Jason Marquis vs. Jorge Campillo Marquis has been bad against the Braves, in the last 3 years he's given up 24 runs in only 11.2 IP, but Jason has been much better on the road this season. Chipper Jones is 4-6 with 3 HRs against him. The Braves 30-year-old rookie Campillo has been very good for the Braves this season, posting a 2.83 ERA. Although he's been worse at home, he has won his last 4 decisions. He threw one pitch in a relief apperance against the Cubs earlier in the year, he got Carlos Zambrano to fly out.
Game 3: Ted Lilly vs. Tom Glavine. Glavine's injury has come full circle. He was placed on the DL with a partially torn flexor tendon, after surrendering 4 runs in 3 IP to the Cubs. In their careers Derrek Lee (17-57 3 HR), Aramis Ramirez (12-25 3 HR) and Alfonso Soriano (9-21 HR) hit him well. Surprisingly Ryan Theriot doesn't, weird one would think that Theriot would crush a pitcher who only throws on the outside portion. Ted is coming off of a string of good preformences and beat the Braves earlier in the year. None of the Braves particularly hit him well.
Then the Cubs head to Miami to face those pesky Marlins, damn those pesky Marlins. They split a series in Wrigley last month. But luckily the Cubs have Z, Demp and Harden to counter.
Game 4: Josh Johnson vs. Carlos Zambrano Zambrano beat the Marlins pretty soundly earlier in the year, going 7 IP while surrendering only 2 runs and his last road start was a great preformence against the Brewers. Josh Willingham is 4-5 against him. The Marlins have yet to lose a game Johnson starts, including a 5.1 IP outing against the Cubs. Reed Johnson is 2-2 with a HR against him.
Game 5: Ryan Dempster vs. Anibal Sanchez Dempster's start against the Marlins was decent, 6 IP 1 ER but 6 BBs. He's still looking to even up his road record, which currently stands at 2-3. Luis Gonzalez (10-19 2 HR) and Wes Helms (5-10) hit him well. This will be Sanchez's 4th start of the year, he's 1-1 and is currently losing to St. Louis. Soriano is 2-11 against him, but those 2 hits were HRs
Game 6: Rich Harden vs. Chris Volstad These two met up earlier in the year, a 3-2 Marlins victory, both pitchers threw well but neither gained a decision. Dan Uggla and Aramis Ramirez have both hit a HR in limited ABs against the pitchers.
Predictions: Cubs win each series, taking 2 out of 3 from both. They lose Marquis and Harden's starts. Kosuke Fukudome comes up of his slump, hitting above .400 on the week.