Monday’s 4-1 win against the D-Backs was Chicago’s most complete game of the season. Decent starting pitching from Randy Wells, good fielding and hitting from Big Geo, and another long ball from Soriano.
I tabbed Wells for 15 wins last season following his 12-10 rookie campaign. That back fired, of course, with Wells posting an ugly 8-14 record and 4.26 ERA. But with his renewed sense of enthusiasm, I think he could still be a 12-to-15 win pitcher. We’ll see.
-If Wrigley looked empty on television it’s because it was–at least by Cubs standards. The announced crowd of 26,292 was double the amount of actual fans according to STATS.
-The Chicago Tribune reports the Cubs confirmed Monday’s crowd was the smallest at Wrigley since 20,032 showed up on Sept. 26, 2002, when interim manager Bruce Kimm’s team was playing out the string against the Reds and rookie Carlos Zambrano was on the mound.
Despite the poor attendance, Kerry Wood sums it up nicely…“It’s a little strange seeing empty seats,” Wood said. “It’s our job to change that.”
-Mike Quade is impressed with Goevany Soto’s throwing after the catcher underwent off-season shoulder surgery.
“I’ve never seen him throw better,” Quade said.
-Diamondbacks bench coach, Alan Trammell, who held the same job the previous four years with the Cubs, worked with Starlin Castro last season.
Before Monday’s game, Castro thanked Trammell for all his help. “That means a lot,” Trammell said. “It’s something that even though I’m not there anymore, he’ll be somebody I’ll be following for the rest of his career. That’s how much he means to me.” -Courtesy STATS LLC.
-Starlin Castro and St. Louis pitcher Jaime Garcia were named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week award.