Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: May 20th, 2010 - Cubs at Phillies

Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.29 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49 ERA)

Overview

I give up. I just can't figure out this team out to save my life. One day they can't hit or play defense. The next day they run off four in a row against quality teams. They beat the Rockies and Phillies, but can't beat the Pirates. This really is disturbing to me as a fan.

Today the Cubs go for their second straight mini-sweep, before they fly off to Texas for some good ole interleague play against the Rangers.

Dempster toes the rubber for the Cubs. Last time out he was a hard-luck loser against Pirates. Blanton, on the other hand, gave up five runs in seven innings and still got the win. It doesn't seem fair that we judge so much by wins and losses for pitchers.

Surprisingly the Cubs are only 4.5 games back in the central with plenty of baseball ahead. Of course, I'm not sure I want to see Bob Howry join this club, which I didn't know was an option. Didn't we already see that show? Now, if they want to hire him as a bouncer in the bleachers, then I'm all for it.

Who's Hot

Starlin Castro - Last night we saw the future. In the 8th inning Jason Werth hit a ball in the hole and Castro makes a great throw to get him by a step. There is no way that Ryan Theriot makes that play, and the Cubs could have lost the game. By the way, he's hitting .364 in his last six games.

Xavier Nady - Huge hit last night and he's got three his in his last nine now. I was little shocked to see Baker play right last night, but I guess Baker hasn't played in a while and they needed to get him some AB's.

Who's Not

Geovany Soto - He's as cold as ice. Soto is only hitting .143 lately and is not helping.

Esmailin Caridad - In his comeback, Caridad pitched a 1/3 of an inning and now is heading back to the DL.

Special Mention to Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and John Grawbow - All have played below expectations, but have shown signs of breaking out.

Conclusions

The Cubs are a confusing team, but I like the wins as of late. Hopefully, they can finish off the Phillies and roll over the Rangers this weekend.

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