Game Recap: Cubs 2, Braves 0 - FINALLY
It's hard to forget how, several weeks ago, the baseball season started to high expectations but low drama. Despite our greatest hopes, the Cubs just kept crashing and burning, leaving our playoff hopes dashed before they even managed to escape from the month of April.
...wait, this is only the 3rd game, and the Cubs won 2-0? What with all the gloom (and hints of doom), I would've thought they were 10 games under .500 by now. Nevertheless, Randy Wells and a surprisingly effective Cubs bullpen shut down the dangerous Braves in order to avoid a season starting series sweep.
The pen pitched 3 innings of relief, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 3. Only John Grabow continued to serve up shit sandwiches, walking the one guy he faced in the 8th.
Offensively, the Cubs continue to give Rob concerns. They only managed 4 hits and 3 walks, and taking a page from the Dusty Baker days they scored both their runs off of solo homers -- Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd delivered.
So. The Cubs are now 1-2. They limp out of Atlanta, away from the blown calls, missed chances, and defensive mishaps. They managed to score 9 runs, the bullpen looked awful twice (well, once was all Samardzija, but that's like saying our national debt isn't so bad if we ignore how we're 9 trillion in the hole).
We'll have a Series Preview for you bright 'n early tomorrow. Maybe this next one will be a bit better.
Current Record: 1-2
Position in the NL Central: 5th place, 1.5 games out
Best Possible Record: 160-2
Worst Possible Record: 1-161
Record needed to win 120: 119-40
On Pace For: 54-108 (relax, it's way early)