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Mr. MVP

By bullpenbrian at 08.28.2008 Leave a comment.

  • Thursday August 28th – Wrigley Field
  • Game (134): Cubs 6 – Phillies 4
  • Record (84-50) – 1st place NL Central

The skinny: Most Cubs fans voted Carlos Marmol the team MVP last season, his 1.46 ERA speaking for itself.

However, my ’07 vote went to Aramis and his 26 HRs, 101 RBIs and .310 avg. – Marmol being a close second, mind you.

And I’m sticking with Aramis as team MVP again this year too.

No Cub is a better hitter in the clutch than Ramirez; not Soriano, not Lee, Theriot or Soto.

Ramirez loves the lime light, the drama and the chance to play hero.

His knack at coming through in a pinch isn’t coincidence, the guy lives for it.

And, I love him for it!

Plus, Ramirez is as good as it gets defensively at third; he’s also a solid teammate and a gammer playing through nagging injuries.

So, where would the Cubs be without Ramirez’s 24 bombs and 99 RBIs?

Probably not leading the division, of course.

Still, the better answer is recognizing how important Ramirez is to this lineup when it comes to key situations.

This season Ramirez leads the team in both game-winning RBIs (15) and 2-out RBIs (25).

He is the definition of an MVP type player!!!

Cole Hamels was so dominate this evening you could see the Cubs’ body language change immediately with the lefty out of the game.

Obviously, that left Ryan Madson (who’s no pushover out of the pen, 3.56 ERA entering tonight’s game) in a tough spot; the Cubs eager to see anything but a Hamels’ change-up.

And more, Chad Durbin has been even better for the Phils (1.95 ERA entering the game), but by the time the right-hander relieved Madson the Cubs had the momentum and Aramis at the plate.

Grand Salami – Game over.

Nice relief outing from Bob Howry: 1-2-3 inning, 9 of 10 pitches going for strikes with two ground ball outs and one K.

Most importantly, he protected a one-run lead: it’s about time.

W – Howry (6-4) – Wood (28)

L – Durbin (5-3)

  • Notes: Chicago is 34 games above .500 for the first time in 63 years: 34 games in 1945.
  • At Wrigley they’re (50-19).
  • The Cubs are (9-1) in its last 10 games against lefty starters and (27-12) vs. lefties for the season.
  • This is the Cubs’ 38th come-from-behind victory of the season.
  • Aramis’ GS is the eighth of his career.
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