Cub of the Week -- Pitcher's edition
This week the choice for our "Cub of the Week" was very difficult since so many people performed well last week. It's also getting a little boring putting Derrek Lee's name over there and updating his previous week's stats. Jeez, Derrek, give someone else a chance to win. We were going to pick Jose Macias since he struck out in his only at-bat in the last game against the Padres, but decided to go with the whole Cubs team instead since they had such a great week.
The 6-1 road trip could not have been completed with such success if it weren't for the pitchers stepping it up last week, as well as the hefty doses of offense the Cubs had been prescribed. Everyone played as good as we could have expected, with the exception possibly being Sergio Mitre's start on Friday night, during which he gave up 5 runs in 4.2 innings. However, that being said, Maddux was maddening, Rusch was right-on, Koronka was killer, and Zambrano was... zippy? That's right, even the rookie John Koronka -- who was called up from the minors for his major league debut -- pitched so well against the dodgers that he is now worthy of alliteration. This week also saw Glendon Rusch pitch a complete game shutout against the NL-West leading Padres.
Our bullpen was frightening as well, only giving up runs in games where the Cubs had a big enough lead that it didn't matter, and holding the close leads for victories. I even thought I heard Dempster yell in a Stewie-esque voice "Victory is mine!" a few times after big outs. Oh, that silly Dempster and his diapers. Ok, so without any further insanity on my part, here are the pitching stats for the week, broken down between starters and the bullpen.
Starters - 45.2 IP, 12 runs total, ERA: 2.36
Bullpen - 17.1 IP, 6 runs total, ERA: 3.12
Now that is getting it done, boys. I hope we have to pick the whole team as the Cub of the Week every week! Now let's get them Blue Jays!