Saturday night’s 8-3 win over Colorado was a big one for many reasons.
The victory pushes the Cubs back to .500 (7-7). It also snaps an awful drought in which the Cubs had lost 10 of 12 at Coors Field, including six in a row, and sets the table for a winning road trip with a win on Sunday.
Solid outing by Casey Coleman. Through two starts he’s been the most consistent starter in the rotation. Can’t imagine the Cubs will send him back down to Iowa. How could they?
At last, a breakthrough offensively. Eight runs on 17 hits!
Just how hot is Starlin Castro? The kid’s 14-for-34 on the road trip with six doubles, six runs scored, two stolen bases and a HR. He’s hit leadoff six times, including Saturday, going 15-for-28. Awesome.
Darwin Barney hasn’t slowed down, either. He’s 8-for-24 on the road trip with a double, triple, four runs scored and four RBI.
Three more hits for Soriano, too. He leads the Cubs in HR (5) & RBI (12). He’s also hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, scoring a run in seven of those contests.
Let’s hope the hitting of Castro, Barney and Sori becomes contagious. The Cubs need some serious offense with a rotation wobbling from inconsistency and injury.
Dempster gets the ball Sunday in what has become the Cubs’ biggest game of the year. It’s an opportunity to win a road series against the league’s hottest club, move a game above .500 and gain some momentum heading into a nine-game homestand.
It’s exactly the kind of game you want your ace pitcher on the mound. Now it’s time for Dempster to deliver.