Tuesday, June 6

The Houston Astros: Worse Than the Cubs?

Zambrano to Dusty after being pulled in the 8th.

We've been pretty quiet over the last week or so (who wants to write about loss after loss?) but the cubs haven't. They've won three out of the last four and dominated the 'stros in the series opener tonight. Let me re-phrase: Z completely dominated the 'stros. Z had a career night. Not only was he six batters from a no-no but he had four RBI's. Yes, four: a three run bomb to right center in the second then a sac fly in the fourth. Good Stuff Los.

Other highlights tonight included Barrett and Jones (now batting .310, how the hell did that happen?) homering, Cedeno extending his hit streak to 10 and JP hitting the ball out of the infield.

As for the Astros, I'm not sure what's going on there. I guess they're waiting for Clemens, trying to repeat last year's late season run or both. Whatever they're doing, if they keep it up, tomorrow night could be a good confidence builder for Wood.

The Cubbies have nine more straight against division opponents. If they're gonna pick a stretch to their shit together, this is a good time. Nevin and Womack have already exceeded my expectations and hopefully they can keep it up. We now have four players batting above .300 and are consistently out hitting our opponents.

I know it's extremely wishful thinking but if we can win our next few series (maybe sweep the reds? now I'm dreaming...), .500 would be within reach for DLee's return. What the hell am I talking about...I'm sure we'll still be 10 under 500 by the time Detroit rolls into town.


At 2:40 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Stop counting chickens and just focus on Wood's game. Let's see if the big guy can be inspired by Z. That guy sure loves to play in Houston. He's hit three career homers and twice come close to no hitters there. Ugh! It's a thing of beauty!

At 10:19 AM, Blogger DS said...

Alright: this game does look promising for Wood. As you mentioned, Wood has historically done well in Houston. And Wandy, Houston's starter tonight, does not have a good track record against us. Here's a blurb from ESPN: "Rodriguez has struggled in his career against Chicago, posting a 1-4 record and a 6.08 ERA in four starts. The 27-year-old started the campaign 3-0, but has dropped three of his last five decisions."

At 12:53 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Well, so much for that. Now let's look forward to tomorrow afternoon. Maybe we'll get to see Z pinch hit.

At 12:23 AM, Blogger Sarce said...

Answer to the title of the post......NO!!!

At 10:04 AM, Blogger DS said...

sarce, you are correct sir.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

The Cubs' offense lost that one. Marshall certainly did his job. Perhaps the offense will pick up in the bandbox that is the Great American Ballpark.


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