I asked the Cubs a favor on Monday. Friday they delivered with a 3-1 win against New York.
This series, in particular, will be remembered for years. And it could be one of the few good memories for Cubs fans to remember this season by.
With such a dreadful first half, the Cubs owe us a good showing vs. the Yanks. Friday was the perfect start, literally from Doug Davis.
Cubs faithful showed up with the largest home attendance this year. The Cubs fed off the energy, and the next two games will be sold out as well.
Taking two of three would go a long ways towards reshaping the sour feeling about the Cubs. Quade will get some breathing room, and maybe, just maybe, the Cubs can carry the momentum of a series win against Milwaukee and New York for one last run before the All Star break.
Doug Davis was in desperation mode Friday avoiding another poor start which would have put his roster spot in jeopardy, and potentially deprived him from reaching 10 years’ service time, which would qualify him for Major League Baseball’s pension.
To qualify Davis must remain on the Cubs roster until the All Star break on July 11-13. That’s roughly another 30-days, or four more starts.
Davis lasted only eight outings with Milwaukee in 2010 going (1-4) with a 7.51 ERA before his release.
Friday marked Davis’ seventh start with Chicago, and fist win as a member of the Cubs. His victory also snapped a career worst six-game losing streak. Pension preserved.
However, Davis (1-5), 4.95 ERA is still walking a tight rope. But chances are Friday won’t be the last time Davis pitches his tail off–at least in the short term.