Series Preview - Chicago Cubs vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves come into today's action sporting a pathetic .500 record. LAME. If only they knew what it was like to be one game above .500. If only they could soar as we have. Feel the wind in their hair.
But alas, of their starting outfielders, not one has an OPS above .652. That makes for a rough time. The Braves for 10th in runs scored and, conveniently enough, 10th in runs allowed. The Cubs, on the other hand, are...oh. They're 11th in runs scored. But hey, they have a chance to jump a spot. They'll just use their 6th ranked pitching to hold the Braves down and beat on them with their consistently warming bats!
Speaking of consistently warming, a few positive trends. Over the last week...
- Bradley is hitting .400 with a 1.060 OPS.
- Fontenot is hitting .333 with a .927 OPS
- Theriot? .500 with a 1.056 OPS
In other conveniently select sample sizes, Lee hit .313 with a .955 OPS in the month of May, Angel Guzman had a 1.64 ERA in May, and Dempster had a 3.76 ERA.
In June, expect even more superlatives. This team is the team to beat and eventually their luck has to even out and things have to start looking up. They're the best team in the Central. Now they just have to show it.
Tuesday, June 2 - Kenshin Kawakami vs. Randy Wells
According to mlb.com, Kawakami has a flat fastball and had poor control, so he focused on throwing first pitch strikes in his last outing. And mlb.com also says that an aggressive team could take advantage of this.
I wonder if the Cubs read mlb.com?
Randy Wells has yet to struggle in the big leagues, with the possible exception of the first two innings of his last start. His strikeout rate has been solid and his control excellent.
Oh yeah, and he hasn't gotten a win yet. Sad days for K-Fed.
Wednesday, June 3rd - Ted Lilly vs. Derek Lowe
Lilly was, yet again, excellent in his last start. He did yell any umps, he didn't beat the Gatorade, and he didn't allow more that one run. These are all key ingredients to a win.
Lowe has pitched at least seven innings in his last sevens starts and has one fewer than seven wins on the season. Lowe also has seven fingers and sevens toes* and the first two numbers of his ERA add up to seven. When the apocalypse comes down, you might want to hang by this guy.
(* maybe not actually be true)
Thurday, June 4th - Carlos Zambrano vs. Jair Jurrjens
As usual, Carlos grabs the series' marquis matchup, taking on the man with the funky name. Carlos is just coming off a suspension (went fast, didn't it. Did you even notice?) and, wouldn't you know it, lands the guy with the 5-2 record and 2.59 ERA.
Is Jair Jurrjens the best kept secret in the NL? Did I spell his name correctly? And how the hell am I supposed to say that name? Answer to all these questions, and more, when we return.
Okay, we're back. I still don't have any answers.
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