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.
Despite Cubs’ loss in rain-shortened game, Davis’ was good.
I thought Davis did a decent days work.
He threw strikes. He lasted five innings. He did what you expect from a fifth starter.
That’s more than James Russell could do…or should have been asked to do as a starter.
And while Davis appears to be a temporary god-send, wouldn’t it be nice to have Braden Looper and Carlos Silva still in the mix?
Davis barely has the stuff to make it any longer at this level. But he’s long been a pitcher, a crafty left-hander, an innings guy the Cubs desperately need.
Davis will never be the best arm in this rotation, but he’s surely the most important one, at least in the short-term.
Jim Hendry showed his desperation this week with the signing of Ramon Ortiz & Doug Davis to minor league contracts.
If all goes as planned, the two wily veterans will serve as a rotation stop-gap should Randy Wells’ and Andrew Cashner’s recovery from the DL take longer than expected.
But that plan is a long-stretch with two long-in-the-tooth hurlers.