Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: April 15th, 2010 - Cubs vs. Brewers (Sweep/Tax Edition)

Carlos Zambrano (1-1, 11.88 ERA) vs. Jeff Suppan (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Overview
Raise your hand if you thought the Cubs were going win yesterday after the top of the 8th inning? .........Put your hand down Jeff Gray. I was riding home yesterday with the XM radio and turned the game off because I was sure the Cubs were falling to 3-5 on the season. I got home, talked to my wife and then finished grouting the downstairs bathroom. I heard my phone ring and then I get a text. Little did I know, LaTroy Hawkins was paying us back from all those blown saves. I was upset that I missed the game, but happy to be back at .500.


That brings us to the series finale. The Cubs are back in action today with a chance to move over .500 on the season. I never thought it possible before yesterday's comeback, but thigns are looking up.

Carlos Zambrano will once again throw on his 5th day, which is fine by me with the Brewers in town. I'm glad we're saving Silva and company for the winless Astros this weekend. Big Z was better his last tme out and hopefully will improve as the season goes on.

Who's Hot
Carlos Marmol -
It's not alwasy pretty, but Marmol is 3-for-3 in save chances so far.
Kosuke Fukudome - He still only has one walk, but is hitting .417 so far with 5 RBI. Whatever you're doing, keep it up.


Who's Not
Milwaukee Bullpen -
First Trevor Hoffman blows two saves and now LaTroy Hawkins joins in on the fun. Who will be the hero today?
Aramis Ramirez - He's only 4-for-31 so far this season. If I know anything about anything, it's that the Cubs can't afford to have Aramis in prolonged slump.

Conclusions
I thought taking 2 of 3 would be the best the Cubs could do in this series, but they have a chance to sweep today. The Brewers have lost 8 of 11 in Chicago, so lets make it 9 of 12 today and get ready for Houston.

Marmol

When Marmol is on, it's very pretty. 2 of his saves are 3 K variety. Got Hart, Braun, Fielder last night. So pretty

"2 of his saves are 3 K

"2 of his saves are 3 K variety."

That's the big one, I don't care exactly how 'nice' they look, but, if he punches out 3 an inning... it means one thing: neither him, soto (or three finger hill) or the batter have any freakin idea where his slider will end up.

And it's a little shocking.

And it's a little shocking. He went from "wild thing" to "WILD EFFIN' THING" in the span of a flight from Arizona to Chicago. Just goes to reinforce what little Spring Training actually tells us.

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