Posted on: April 28, 2008 6:55 pm

State of the Cubs Week 4

16-9 .5 games up in divison.

The week that was: Cubs sweep Mets at home, take one out of two from the Rockies, then lose 2 out of three to the Nationals. I'm not sure if I'm disapointed or content with the week. The starting pitching was great, the only loss by a starter was Ted Lilly's 6 IP 2 ER preformence from yesterday. The offense was obviously the key for the week. In the 4 wins, the Cubs scored 7 or more runs in every one, but in the losses they never reached 4. The series with the Mets, and the one with the Rockies were obviously pluses. But you have to be a bit disapointent for only getting 1 win in DC. But, of course, you must realize that just some days of the year any team can beat any other team. And it just so happened that we ran into good preformences by Odalis Perez and John Lannan.

My prediction from last week. I got the first two series perfect, but then botched the Nationals series. I also had 3 SVs for Kerry Wood, but Ronny Cedeno put a stop to that twice.

Coming around.

  • Aramis Ramirez started to hit, going .296/.406/.630 with 2 HR 8 RBI 3 2b in 27 AB
  • Ted Lilly 1-1 2.25 ERA 1.17 WHIP 11 K in 12 IP
  • Ronny Cedeno .375/.400/.625 1 HR 7 RBI 3 2b in 24 AB
  • Felix Pie .445/.500/.727 1 HR 4 RBI 3 R in 11 AB

What to expect this week: 3 game set vs. Milwaukee and a 3 game set in St. Louis, and unfortunately we face the 3 best pitchers of both teams (altough those include Kyle Loshe, Todd Wellimeyer and Jeff Suppan). Jason Marquis throws twice, everyone else once. Alfonso Soriano is eligible to come back on Thursday.

My prediction: Cubs go 4-2, dropping the first game of each series. Zambrano pitches an 8-inning shutout vs. the Brewers. And Alfonso Soriano comes back in a big way, in his 4 games of the week he hits 2 HRs and drives in 5.

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 21, 2008 7:30 pm

Official Omnipotent Cubs/Mets Game 1 Blog

Cubs vs. Mets

Carlos Zambrano vs John Maine

From BCB...

The best thing about Z's line so far this year is -- three walks in 26.2 IP. He's got much better control and command this year; he seems a man on a mission. That's exactly what we need him to be. The three best Mets hitters -- Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and David Wright -- are a combined 5-for-34 against Z with one HR (by Beltran).

The Cubs beat John Maine twice last year and in those games, scored nine runs off Maine in 7.2 IP. He has never beaten the Cubs in four career appearances (three starts). And those 12 walks in 16.2 IP this season is encouraging, because the newly-patient Cubs have drawn a ton of walks in the last week. The only Cub Maine has had a lot of success against is Alfonso Soriano -- good thing he won't face Maine tonight.

Here's the deal for TV tonight, as I understand it. The game is on WCIU in Chicago, a station you can see if you have signed up for the secret decoder ring. It's also on ESPN. According to a promo they ran on ESPN a couple of days ago, this game will not be blacked out anywhere, including in the Chicago and New York markets. Now, if this doesn't go down this way -- don't blame me, blame Bud Selig or ESPN or someone else. It should be available at the MLB.com Mediacenter.



johnson cf
theriot ss
lee 1b
ramirez 3b
fukudome rf
derosa lf
soto c
fontenot 2b
zambrano p


Reyes ss
Castiilo 2b
Wright 3b
Beltran cf
Delgado 1b
Church rf
Casanova c
Chavez lf
Maine p

Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Mets
Posted on: April 20, 2008 11:07 pm

State of the Cubs Week 3

12-6 .5 up in division.

The week that was: And what a week it was. Cubs go 5-1 at home against the Reds and Pirates. (BTW we own the Pirates). Cubs beat Aaron Harang, Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny, all good pitchers. Cubs scored 9 or more runs in four of the wins. All five wins were granted to starting pitchers, and the lone loss was too. Dempster took in two of the those wins.

My prediction from last week: I said they'd go 4-2, they went 5-1. I did predict the one loss though.

The Hitting: In the last 7 days the Cubs have 5 hitters hitting .400 or better (Lee, DeRosa, Theriot, Johnson and Soto) Lee and DeRosa had multiple HRs, and Lee collected 10 RBIs. Overall the hitting was as good as ever.

The Pitching: Aside from Ted Lilly, the starting pitchers all gave the team the chance to win, and that's all you can ask for from them. Wuertz and Lieber struggled out of the pen, but I have faith that they will each bounce back. I couldn't ask much more out of my pitching staff.

Now you may counter with, "Hey the Cubs beat bad teams". And yes the Pirates are painfully awful, and the Reds aren't that much better. But hey at least we didn't lose 2 out of 3 to the Giants.

What to expect this week: 7 games, 5 on the road. A pair of two games sets to boot. The only two halfway decent pitchers the Cubs will face are John Maine and Aaron Cook. The Cubs will counter them with Zambrano and Marquis respectively.

My prediction: Cubs will take both games from the Mets, including a win for Ted Lilly. Then take 1 out of 2 from the Rockies, losing the Marquis vs. Cook matchup. Then in the Nationals series, the Cubs take 2 out of three, losing the first game. Kerry Wood gets 3 SVs on the week.

Category: MLB
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