Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Good & The Bad: Week 2

The Cubs lost a tough one today 9-5 at the hands of the Rockies, with the game tied at 5 entering the bottom of the eighth. With the loss, the Cubs finished the road trip at 4-5 and are now 7-8 on the season. Let's start with the good from this week.

  • Starlin Castro is a stud. He collected seven hits on Saturday and Sunday alone! Starlin is looking good in the lead-off spot.

  • Darwin Barney has slid comfortably up to the No. 2 spot in the order. He, too, had a big week. Bob Brenly on Darwin today, "You can't teach instincts."

  • Jeff Samardzija looked sharp today, sending down all six men he faced.

  • The Cubs showed some signs of life on Saturday and Sunday, playing a couple of close games against a tough Rockies team.

  • Koyie Hill notched his first hit of the season.

  • The Cubs finally tallied their first stolen base this season. (Castro)

  • Casey Coleman pitched a great game on Saturday.

And now the bad...

  • The Cubs middle of the order has a grand total of one home run this season.

  • No. 5 hitter Carlos Pena is 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

  • No. 3 hitter Marlon Byrd is 3-for-20 with men in scoring position.

  • The Cubs bullpen day on Tuesday in Houston was a total failure. James Russell was hammered and the 'Stros extended the lead against guys like Samardzija and Stevens.

  • Tyler Colvin is still slumping.

  • This team has lacked both speed and power, not a great combo.

  • Marcos Mateo's eighth inning today in which he nearly escaped a second and third with no out spot, but ended up giving up four two out runs.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted as Everything Cubs as always!

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