Goatriders of the Apocalypse

GameCast: June 24th at Detroit

Game CastRich Harden (4-3, 5.27 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (8-4, 3.54 ERA)
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Just when you thought they were out of the woods, the Cubs have resumed hibernating.  Except they've actually been dealing with another problem the last few days.  Where before the team wasn't getting hits, now they're just not getting timely hits.  Perhaps it's the result of Von Joshua's hard work?

Anyway, the Cubs continue to pitch well but have been victims of an inordinate amount of really, really bad luck.  That includes Rich Harden, who hasn't been quite so invincible this year.  I'm sure he'll be looking to make up for his most recent attrocity of a game in some kind of epic manner tonight.

Who's Hot
The offense, except when it matters -- yesterday the Cubs managed to collect 7 hits and draw 4 walks, which really isn't so bad.      At the top of the list though has to be Derrek Lee and Micah Hoffpauir.  Lee got another two hits while Hoffpauir hit a go-ahead 2 run homer that should've won the game.

Who's Not
Kosuke Fukudome - As Rob might have mentioned, Fooky has been in the Slump of Slumps as of late.  Rob has given up on Kosuke, wheras I want to give him a bit more time to get out of this one before also raising the surrender flag on his career as a Cub.

Kevin Gregg - As we noted recently, he's actually been very reliable as of late.  But blowing a save and costing the Cubs a win is always reason to fall under the "not" category.

Conclusions
I still think that batting Soriano leadoff is a mistake, but it appears as if he'll stay there forever.  Oh well -- I guess the Cubs will have to find a way to win around that particular problem.

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