Cubs win 5-1 vs. Braves Monday night. That’s 3 wins in the last 4 games.
Since starting (3-11), the Cubs have won series against St. Louis & L.A., and split series vs. Philly & Cincinnati.
The Cardinals lead the Central division. The Reds are second. Los Angeles has the best record in the National League and the Braves lost for just the 8th time in the past 26 games.
What does it all mean? It means our woeful Cubbies are competitive, and may have a shot at reaching the .500 mark by June. Who would’ve thunk it?
Chicago (12-17) is now tied with Pittsburgh and Milwaukee in the division. The Astros are but one win better and the leading Cardinals are only 5.5 games up.
Samardzija (4-1) is solid again. He leads the club in innings pitched (38.2) and strikeouts (39).
Finally some pop in the lineup with home runs by LaHair (8), Stewart (3) & Soto (3). The back-to-back shots from LaHair and Stewart is the first by Cub teammates since Aramis & Pena turned the trick against Washington last year.
And Reed Johnson, mind you, was maybe five feet short of making it back-to-back-to-back HR against Tommy Hanson in the fourth.
It’s always enjoyable to see a first. Monday it was Adrian Cardenas making his Cubs debut. His pinch hit was nailed right on the button, but right at Dan Uggla for the out.
Cardenas, however, could become a familiar name at second base with Barney struggling at the plate (6-for-41).
Sveum’s decision to use Marmol in the eighth was…well, I can’t say I’m sure what the skipper was thinking.
Bleacher bums were beyond irate, Twitter world was CAPS CRAZY and I was confused why Marmol, of all relievers, was being used in another tight spot with the game on the line?
Carlos escaped the jam–barely. But for my money, Marmol is a mop-up pitcher until further notice. PS: Where was Kerry Wood?
Wrigley Field could’ve passed for AT&T park in San Fran with the heavy fog that rolled in by the sixth inning. By the ninth the baseball was hardly visible from the LF bleachers. That’s no exaggeration.
A very surreal setting, but perhaps more to the fact the Cubs are one win away from taking consecutive home series from two of the NL’s better clubs.
Very surreal, indeed.