Posted on: August 4, 2009 3:46 pm
Well my Cubs have come into Cincinnati, my currnet place of residence and gave me my first in person view of them last night and they did not disappoint. Of the crowd of 22,000 in Great American Ballpark over 50 percent were Cubs fans. Now over the past few years that ive lived here that seems to be the trend. It was great to hear Lets go Cubbies chanted through out and opposing ballpark. The game was a dandy to. The Cubs struck first with Mike Fontenot charging a three run homer into center field. Randy Wells was very impressive allowing 1 run on 6 hits over 7 1/3 innings. John Grabow finished the 8th and Marmol closed it out although he gave up a RBI double to Alex Gonzalez on a realy long at bat. Randy Wells was the player of the game though, he did a nice job of keeping the ball on the ground and getting timley double plays. The only blemish on his game was a solo homer to Alex Gonzalez in the 7th. The Reds got a pretty good start from Aaron Harang as he struck out 10 but they couldnt get him any run support. I have tickets to the 3rd game in the series hopefuly it wont get rained out. I have yet to see Rich Harden in person so that will be cool. Tonights game should be goo though as Tom Gorzellany takes on Johnny Cueto at 7:15 although there is some bad weather here so it could get dealyed or rained out.
Posted on: July 19, 2009 12:52 pm
Well things are starting to improve and i can only hope this leads to a better second half. I know that they are only playing the Nationals which is basicly a bad minor league team but all the same, with the way the Cubs have struggled on the road this is a good sign winning 3 straight coming off the all star break. Lets recap the past three games.
The highlight of that game for me was the Harden looked like his old self pitching 7 effective innings and striking out 7 to improve to 6-6 on the year. Derek Lee also homered in that game to add to his total of 18 HR.
The highlights of this game were clutch hits and Z getting out of trouble, he only lasted 5 innings and didnt realy have any stuff but managed to hold them to 1 run. He also had a two run double and A-ram hit a solo shot his first homer since coming off the DL.
The highlight of this game was Soriano's HR, hopefully this will break him out of his month long slump. Randy didnt pitch that great but the offense bailed him out to get the win, and Kevin Gregg pitched effectivly again.
The Cubs are now tied for second with the Brewers and only 2 games out of first. There has been significant improvment in several areas that are contributing to there little surge. Clutch hitting has been the major factor, this seasons biggest struggle has been runners in scoring position. They have not been able to get those timley hits that came frequntly last season. The past few games it has improved. The Bullpen has also been more effective, Kevin Gregg struggled early on this year but has finally settled down and become an above average closer. Heilman is still crappy but Marmol is showing signs of better control and Angel Guzman has been pretty good. With these factors being added to the great starting pitching it should be a better first half.
Posted on: June 8, 2009 9:40 pm
I was very happy at the end of the 14th inning of the rubber game of the Cubs v.s Reds series. Soriano came through in a clutch situation and the bullpen was great in extras, although Marmol and Heilman struggled and Wells was robbed of a win again. I think the key is to not use heilman at all he probably should be designated for assignment. I know i came on here a few days ago and hated on gregg but he does have the mentality of a closer, but he dosnt have amazing stuff. I liked what i saw from Waddel, Ascanio, Patton, and of course Guzman who has been our best reliver as of late. He has filled the middle relief role but we might want to switch his and marmols roles. Marmols has electric stuff but horrible control, he obviously has no clue were the ball is going. Until he can fix his control he should be used in middle relief and Guzman should be setup. The Cubs have the relievers to do the job they just have to use the right ones. Stay away from Heilman.
Posted on: June 2, 2009 9:56 pm
Well Randy lost another win this time it wasnt due to the offense but our god awful bullpen. Kevin Gregg throws a wild pitch strikeout to get a man on first then gives up a homerun to Jeff Francouer. Every time that man gets out on the mound i about die, he needs at least a 5 run lead to hold a game. This is proving to have been one of the worst offseasons for the Cubs in recent years. Had Mark DeRosa stayed he would have been able to provide a solid run producer at third filling in for Ramirez, Wood i think is still better than Gregg even though he has had his struggles this year. Milton Bradley has been almost completley worthless, and so has Aaron Heilman. I had been sceptical before but now after watching the season pan out i have learned a less, never mess with a good thing. Just because the Cubs flopped in the playoffs did not meen they needed to be retooled, the managment has made some huge mistakes this year and now they need to make some trades to solidify the Bullpen and i dont want Bradley, Gregg, or Heilman on this team any more since all they do is damage it. And right now i feel the worst for Randy Wells he looked fantastic today and yeat again he is robbed.
Posted on: June 2, 2009 4:40 pm
Well tonight the Cubs kick off a three game series in Atlanta against the Braves. The Braves put Kenshin Kawakami on the mound to face Randy Wells for the Cubs. Wells has pitched very well in four starts but has failed to get any run support and thus has not won a game. Hopefully he can get that first Major League win tonight and the Cubs can score some runs. I may post about the game later.