Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: April 22nd, 2010 - Cubs at Mets

Tom Gorzelanny (0-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (1-1, 3.00 ERA)

Overview

We are one day away from the Carlos Zambrano bullpen debut, but until then we have another start from Tom Gorzelanny.

The Mets will counter with Santana, who will probably dominate the Cubs. The Cubs did take a game last night that saw them score nine runs.

The offence was sparked by Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano, who we will cover in the Who's Hot section.

The Cubs have been hitting the problem was scoring runs. It doesn't get easier tonight, but maybe last night was the shot in the arm the team needed.

Who's Hot
Alfonso Soriano -
Watch out, because Sori is on fire. He's 10-for-his-last-21 with a 1.446 OPS during that time. He missed the cycle by a 2B, mainly because Lou pulled him out before he got another chance to bat.

Marlon Byrd - Byrd has eight RBI in his last seven days. He's been a real bright spot and I hope he keeps it up.

Who's Not

Aramis Ramirez - Ice cold. I mean sub-zero.

Jeff Baker - He would be nice if he could hit to give Aramis a breather, but it hasn't happend. Baker is 3 for 20 in the last few days.

Conclusions

The Cubs are counting on Tom Gorzelanny to stay in the rotation, or pitch well enough to be traded to someone that could bring a bullpen guy over. The Cubs really need to start winning to have a chance to stay in somewhat contention.

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