The Cubs faced Mr. Inconsistent on the wrong day. It’s the story of Jason Marquis’ on-again, off-again career. Really good when he’s on and really bad when he’s not.
However, my money was on the Cubs getting the better of their former mate, but Marquis did a nice job of staying around the plate and letting the Cubs get themselves out.
Conversely, once Harden lost his touch it made things too easy for Colorado at the plate. Give the Rockies some credit, they waited on strikes, took walks and somehow scored four runs while also striking out eight times in three innings.
Plate patience pushed Harden out after three innings and 92 pitches. Yet, the Cubs’ pen did an excellent job of keeping the game close through the ninth. And let’s not forget the job they did Monday limiting the Rockies to a single hit.
Can’t complain about the relief work!
Still, it’s tough playing catch-up at Wrigley with no wind blowing out and chilly temperatures. Plus, you can’t afford the miscues of Soriano’s fielding error and Fontenot’s base running gaffe either.
Huge relief that Soto is back in the lineup. Hill’s held his own filling-in, but this lineup is clearly missing Geo’s big bat.
Maybe Derek is coming out of his slump, 3-for-4 with a HR??? How much that has to do with moving to the four-hole, I don’t know. But I wouldn’t risk moving him elsewhere now.
As long as Harden is healthy I’m not worried. And the good news is he’ll get an extra off day – Monday – before his next start against Cincinnati.
Marshall makes his first start tomorrow. I’ll be happy if he lasts through five innings allowing three runs or less. If so, the Cubs can focus on attacking the Cards’ bullpen, which is key during the next four games.
- Notes: Cubs (5-3) 2nd
- W: Marquis (2-0) L: Harden (0-1) S: Grilli (1)
- In reference to Monday’s one-hitter: the last time Chicago held its opponent to one hit in the home opener was 91 years ago against the Cardinals (1918).
- Not only did all the players where Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, the umpires did as well.
- The Cubs are officially (2-1) on Jackie Robinson Day.
- Soriano has hit safely in seven of his first eight games.