Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: May 4th, 2010 - Cubs at Pirates

Ryan Dempster (2-1, 2.78 ERA) vs. Paul Malholm (1-2, 4.83 ERA)

Overview

Who thinks they know the Cubs? Well, it looks like we all do. They are either really good or really bad, which has led us to the .500 record thus far.

The Cubs travel to th Burgh for the first time this season while trying to get above .500. The Cubs had a chance last week, but ended up losing three straight to put that out of the question.

The Cardinals are already 5 games in front in the NL Central, but there is still tons of time left in the year. The Cubs still are looking for stability in the bullpen, but the Carloses have been pretty good.

Today, Xavier Nady will probably get the start against the lefy along with Jeff Baker. It would be nice to see Nady get going to go along with our other guys with the DH coming soon in interleague play.

The Cubs are stroking the ball at the plate up and down the lineup. So, lets get to the last seven days.

Who's Hot

Ryan Theriot - There is no way he keeps this up. He's hitting .423 in his last seven with five runs scored. He only has one walk during this time.

Alfonso Soriano - He gets like this a couple times year, and the only question how long does it last? He's hitting .420 with 4 HR and 10 RBI in his last five games played.

Kosuke Fukudome - He's played way better than I thought and now he's driving the ball. In his last six, he's walked six times and has a 1.298 OPS.

Who's Not

Tyler Colvin - He's not getting at bats and has one hit in his last nine at bats.

Aramis Ramirez - Hopefully the day off helped him the most. He's hitting .190 in his last five games.

Conclusions

The Cubs are an interesting team, but I would love to see a long winning streak continue through the Reds series this weekend.

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