Things To Be Grateful For
So the first month of Chicago Cubs baseball has been less than stellar. We all thought that this team would at least be putting up a fight in the NL Central now that Milton is gone and the team’s sale is no longer a distraction. So when we are playing .500 baseball we are a little perturbed.
Well, we should hold back on our condemnation of a team not even 30 games into the season. Our low point of the 2010 season (so far) came on Tuesday, April 20, after a 4-0 loss to the New York Mets. We were four games under (5-9) and Zambrano was destined for the bullpen
Since then we have gone 8-4, sweeping Milwaukee on the road and taken 3 of 4 from Arizona at home in the process. We have scored 12 more runs than our opponents overall and 27 more runs in this 8-4 stretch. Our starters have picked up 6 of the wins and the bullpen has been responsible for none of the losses. The four losses have been by a combined 14 runs, with one outlier, the 13-5 loss to the Diamondbacks on April 29, accounting for more than half of those runs.
What is the point of all these numbers? Things are looking up.
Yes, Soriano is susceptible to striking out and his defensive style is more suited for a DH, as Stormin’ Norman Disciple has affirmed, but he is hitting .325 with 6 homeruns. We are getting excellent early season production out of the back of our rotation (Gorzelanny and Silva) and Ted Lilly has been decent as he works himself into regular season shape. Certainly the production of Marlon Byrd, Ryan Theriot, and a suddenly power-hitting (well, for him) Kosuke Fukudome are all things to toast with Old Style.
At the very least we know are good for a decent team that can pull out a win while we lounge in the bleachers. Basically, at least the Cubs are not playing like the White Sox.