Gamecast: April 26th, 2010 - Cubs vs. Nationals
Wow, what a difference a trip to Milwaukee can make for a club. The Cubs were done and gone. The fire-sale was about to commence, Jim Hendry and Lou Pinella were on their way out the door.
So what changed? Well, the Cubs moved one pitcher to the pen,sent one to Iowa and activated one off the DL. All of this led to a sweep of the Brewers this weekend. I'm serious, well it was part of it at least.
The Cubs now take on the much improved Washington Nationals, who are currently 10-9 on the short season. Thankfully, the Nats have kept their phenom in the minors and he won't no-hit this week.
Tonight, Cy Young Award canidate Carlos Silva will toe the rubber for the Cubs. Granted, Roy Halladay will probably win the thing, but Silva's going to be a close second. Of course, it would be justified after dealing with MB for an entire year. Do you think the Mariners would be knocking their heads against the wall if it were to happen?
The Nats counter with John Lannan, who is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his career against the Cubs. Both of those wins came in 2008. The Cubs will likely use Xavier Nady and Jeff Baker today with the lefty on the mound.
Cub starters - The Cubs haven't a really bad game in a while now, which makes me kind of worried about the upcoming games.
Geovany Soto - Who saw this coming after his start? I was starting to get worried after the slow start, but Geo's mashing right now to the tune of a 1.064 OPS.
The only batters/semi-regulars below .295 right now are Aramis Ramirez (3 HR, 9 RBI), Derrek Lee (4 HR, 11 RBI), Jeff Baker and Xavier Nady. Obviously, the Cubs need Lee and Ramirez to hit more to win, and I think it is a matter of time before that starts to happen.
The Cubs are in a good spot right now. They are currently all alone in 2nd place behind the Cardinals. I know this season has been far from perfect, but there is still a chance to do some good. Hopefully, tonight will keep the winning streak alive.