Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: May 27 vs. Pirates

GameCastZach Duke (5-4, 2.77 ERA) vs. Carlos Zambrano (3-2, 4.64 ERA)


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The Cubs won a game yesterday. Can you believe it? I will repeat it for effect: the Cubs won a game yesterday! It's about time. I'm not one to go all doom and gloom, but a eight-game losing streak will get on anybody's nerves, including the most faithful of Cub fans.

Today, the Cubs go for their first series win in ages (ok, I know it is only a couple weeks, but still). They will send Carlos Zambrano to the mound against notorious Cub killer Zach Duke.

This is another in a string of lefties the Cub will face in the next couple days. Do you know what that means? Reed Johnson better get some extra BP.

Believe it or not, the Cubs are only four games back heading into today's matchup. Of course they can't gain any group with the Cardinals and Brewers playing each other.

In good news, the offense has shown signs of life. After being shutout for what seems like two solid weeks, the Cubs have scored 14 runs in the last two games (too bad it only meant one victory).

UPDATE: As I was writing this, the Cubs made three moves to improve the ball club. It looks like Bobby Scales and Neal Cotts are headin to AAA, while Aaron Miles is going on the DL. Jason Waddell takes the lone lefty spot on the roster, while Jake Fox is called up. I would think that Fox would get a start today against the lefty. Also, the Cubs called up Andres Blanco, who was playing SS in AAA. We will see how many of these guys get a start.


Who's Hot
Kosuke Fukudome - Say what you want from the man from Japan, but he continues to look good. He hit his fifth home run yesterday that gave the Cubs a lead they wouldn't lose. He's also the only Cub regular that is active and hitting over .300.

Mike Fontenot - This may be a little early, but Theriot's double play partner had two more hits last night. That gives him five hits in three games. He might get the day off with the Cubs facing a lefty again today.

The Cubs Pen - They were perfect last night. They didn't allow a run during the rain delay and kept Marshall's 6-1 lead in tact. Also, the Cubs get Carlos Marmol back today after his wife gave birth. So, that's a plus.

Who's Not

Ryan Freel, Aaron Miles and any other player that's not Mark DeRosa - Freel went 0-for-3 last night and saw his average slide to .125. Miles is killing it with a .204 average.

Conclusions

The Cubs really, really need to win. It's going to be tough since Carlos is still working his way back from his injury, while the Pirates toss Duke. I think the Cubs win in a close one, hopefully with a home run from new Cub Jake Fox.

Jake Fox

I like the idea of Fox coming up to the majors and I will be very interested in seeing how Lou hides his glove. I think he should play 3b only when we have right handed strike out pitchers who allow lots of fly balls. Dempster? Hardin, maybe?

That means he would start maybe once a week and become our top right handed pinch hitter off the bench. I guess he could play 3B towards the end of games also. He is so bad on defense that's it's hard for me to justify allowing him to wear a glove.

First base? Really? Over Lee? I don't think that's likely. He could catch but I don't see him donning the tools with Soto and Hill around and he's pretty bad there also.

Outfield? I suppose to give Soriano a rest (not likely) and with Bradley warming up, it's hard to imagine Fox getting into right field. If he does go to right field, I only like him there when Zambrano is pitching (ground ball pitcher, strikes out a bunch of people).

Z is pitching today and Fox isn't in the lineup. I hope he does eventually find his way there but his best position is already handled on the Cubs with Lee and Hoffpauir.

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