Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Good & The Bad From This Week in Cubs Baseball

Here is what has been going on lately with the Chicago Cubs, starting with the positives.

  • They came from behind in the ninth inning on Saturday for their first dramatic victory of the season.

  • The starting rotation looked solid all week long, with Casey Coleman, Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster all turning in strong pitching performances.

  • Jeff Baker has continued to play a key role for this team.

  • Carlos Pena has busted out of his power drought with three long balls.

  • The Cubs homered their way to a series victory in Las Angeles.

  • Kosuke Fukudome is red hot at the plate. It is crucial for him to continue to hit at least until Tyler Colvin gets his act together.

  • Mike Quade has used his bench and rotated guys so that everyone gets some needed rest.

  • Marcos Mateo and Jeff Samardzija have both continued to do a fantastic job in the bullpen. Mateo earned his first career victory on Saturday.

  • Darwin Barney has stayed conistent.

On the negative side:

  • The Cubs found a way to lose the series to the Reds today. They did not get any offense to support Ryan Dempster.

  • Starlin Castro had the worst week of his young career, continuing a horrific slump after a torrid start.

  • The Cubs still have not won a Sunday game all season.

  • Kerry Wood could not get his job done on Saturday, although the Cubs eventually won the game.

  • The Cubs left the bags loaded twice in Sunday's loss. They had the bases full with nobody out in Friday's defeat and failed to do any further scoring.

  • Failure to drive guys in from third with less than two out continues to irk the Cubs.

  • Marlon Byrd continues to hit third and continues to do very little.

  • Aramis Ramirez has been at the plate in some key spots and failed to come up with needed base hits.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! The Cubs have an off day tomorrow before they play the Cardinals for the first time this season starting Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. I will try to have several updates throughout the week as I plan to start daily blogging back up in less than a month!

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