Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: April 19th, 2010 - Cubs at Mets

GameCastRandy Wells (1-0, 2.92 ERA) vs. Jonathon Niese (0-1, 6.55 ERA)

Overview

The Cubs finished a less than stellar homestand 3-3 after losing two games in a row to the Astros. That's not a great way to start the season. The Cubs try to get back on the winning train today against the New York Mets.

Apparently, Lou is tinkering with the lineup even more and will move Ryan Theriot down in the order against lefties. This means Marlon Byrd will leadoff against LHP. I can't say I'm too shocked about this, because this is what bad teams do. I'm worried that the Cubs are this kind of bad team.

Who's Hot
Geovanny Soto -
Watch out, but Geo's swinging a pretty good bat in the last seven days. He has a 1.372 OPS, while hitting .467.

Alfonso Soriano - a weak start has turned better. He's hitting .412 in the last seven, but with no HR's.

Who's Not
Cubs Bullpen -
They seem to give up runs all the time that led to three losses this week. If the Cubs dream about contending they need fix that soon.

Kosuke Fukudome - So much for "The Dome". He's only 3 for 17 in his last seven days.

Conclusions

The Cubs are playing a bad, but it can end today against the Mets. I'm sure the Cubs will play a stretch of games that will make us believe that they can win this year. It might as well happen early.

Note from Kurt
For baseball prospect enthusiasts, this should be an interesting series due to the debut of Mets prospect Ike Davis.  Davis is a powerhouse lefty first baseman who, despite all prejudicial appearances, is as white as a piece of Wonder Bread.  He very well may bring with him fear and domination, but we can safely expect a relatively slow start -- even if he does have the chance to face Tom Gorzelanny in a few days.

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