Gamecast: May 26, 2010 - Cubs vs. Dodgers
Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 3.09 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley (5-2, 3.66 ERA)
Note: Instead of the normal Gamecast, I'm going to look at yesterday's gamecast that didn't get published by accident. The bold text is added today to last night's preious comments.
The Cubs face a Dodger team that has been on a roll tonight. The Dodgers were multible games back just a week ago, but have gained four games in their past 10 to close within a game of the surprising San Deigo Padres. (The Cubs easily dispatched the Dodgers even with Furcal back in the lineup. They are just no match for Derrek Lee and the Cubs.)
Kershaw, a lefty, has the stuff that usually baffles the Cubs. So, it will be interesting to see if the Cubs can manufacture some runs in tonight's game. (This was the first time Kershaw had faced the Cubs, and he really didn't dissapoint. Thanks to rough Dodger defense, the Cubs scratched out enough runs. Now, can they escape "The Buzzsaw?"
Dempster has pitched well this season, but has been plagued by a lack of run support and the long ball. He's already given up 8 HR's this year and he is well on his way to matching the 22 HR's he gave up last year. (Somehow he got James Loney out and didn't walk a million batters. Also, did anyone else think Loney was done for after Marlon Byrd trucked over him?)
The Cubs are in one of those gray areas of the season. They either get hot and make a run or it could be over in a few weeks. (So far, so good.)
Tyler Colvin - Wow, he's one fire with five hits in his last eight AB's. He won't get a start against Kershaw tonight, but maybe tomorrow against Chad "The Buzzsaw" Billingsley. (Colvin did pinch hit for Nady and go 0-for-1).
Xavier Nady - After a slow start, Nady has turned things around somewhat. It will be interesting to see how much "PT" he gets in the next couple of weeks. (See if I ever talk about him again. An 0-for-3 just makes me look silly. Nady probably will only see pinch hits at bats vs. lefties in the pen for the rest of the series.)
Aramis Ramirez - He's hurt and looks done. Has there been somebody this bad, this quickly? He's 0-for-13 in his last five games and probably won't play for a few days. (Didn't play, so he's still cold as ice. His partner, Derrek Lee did have a nice night. He raised his average above .230. Can .250 be far away?)
John Grabow - What's the over/under on Grabow coming up with a injury that places him on the DL for a few weeks? I'm going with 7 days. Your thoughts? Anyway, he's sucked with a 10.13 ERA with 22/3 innings pitched. (Didn't pitch, so it was a good night. Also, Bob Howry didn't throw either. Carlos Marmol was once again effective and nailed down the save.)
The Cubs would be lucky to take two of three. If they do, it sets up a nice series against the Cardinals this weekend.(Now, they just need to take 1 of 2 to set up a pretty big series this weekend. The Cubs did gain a game last night on both the Cardinals and Reds. If the Cubs can win the next two games it might set up a battle for first place this weekend. How unlikely did that sound a week ago?)