August 27, 2008
Carlos Zambrano did his best to give the game away last night. So to did Neal Cotts. But Geovany Soto was having none of it. A pair of three run doubles and seven RBIs propelled the Cubs to a 14-9 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This is a late review, and believe me, I know you know everything that happened in the game. We just need to mention the nervousness of the game last night caused us to drink a few more beers than normal. This extra few beers inhibited our review writing abilities. Man, I need some help at this site!
Now, I get up to find that the opening pitch of the third game is at 9.35 am! It seems like I just got up out of my chair a few minutes ago! I’ll keep it up….it seems to be helping the Cubs win series. Anyways – I need to do the preview….so I will stop being Tim McCarver and telling you obvious things.
July 24, 2008
Someone reminded the Cubs that they are the best offensive team in the NL. Just in time to avoid a sweep at the hands of the D-Backs. The oh-fers were erased finally for Geovany Soto (0-21) and Aramis Ramirez (0-26) who each got a hit tonight. Derek Lee (0 HR in July) homered to start things off for the Cubs in the first, which probably relieved alot of tension and loosened up the whole line up. They seemed to press less tonight. Kosuke Fukudome found his patience at the plate again as he walked three times.
The epiphany for the Cubs was the top of the eighth inning where it all seemed to come together. Ryan Theriot walked, Aramis singled…you had the feeling after A Ram got his single that a lot of things were getting ready to start working. Second and Third, one out. Geo Soto ends his slide with an RBI single. As we mentioned, Fukudome remembered he is a patient hitter and took a walk to load the bases. Micha Owings walked Mark DeRosa which plated Aramis. Leo Rosales relieved Owings and gave up a grand slam to Reed Johnson. 10-3.
Arizona plated three in the bottom of the frame but it was as close as they would come as the Cubs took the final game to keep a one game edge over the Brewers in the NL Central. Final score 10-6.
The Cubs head home to face the Florida Marlins for a four game set at Wrigley where they have dominated their opposition.
Check back tomorrow for the resumption of previews.
July 11, 2008
The Big Lead called Soto the “First bad pick by the NL fans”
How in Hell is this possible??? They go on to suggest that Russell Martin or Brian McCann would be better selections…
Offensive Comment??? To say the least –
RBI / HR / RBI / OBP / SLG / OPS
Soto .291 / 16 / 55 / .372 / .533 / .905
McCann .290 / 17 / 50 / .359 / .542 / .901
Martin .297 / 9 / 42 / .394 / .437 / .831
F% / CS%
Soto .995 / .268
McCann .995 / 237
Martin .987 / .193
How exactly did the voters get it wrong again? Soto is clearly the best catcher in the NL right now…And a Deserving All Star