GameCast: June 30th at Pittsburgh
Ted Lilly (7-5, 3.41 ERA) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (6-6, 4.75 ERA)
Fresh off a fairly long bout with losing, the Cubs managed to beat the Pirates yesterday 3 to 1. Today the Cubs should have a pretty decent shot of winning as their best pitcher this season squares off against a guy who would hemorrhage runs against a more offensively competent team than the Cubs.
We keep talking about momentum as if it is something that even a team as rocky as the Cubs can grasp. I can only direct you to the Colorado Rockies, who were at their low point 20-32. Since then they've rattled off an 11-game winning streak and are 20-6. Momentum.
Then again, as I write this the Cubs are being 1-hit by Ross Ohlendorf. It's probably not a good thing that he has apparently joined the long line of pitchers who've had their best games of the year against the Cubs. You know why it's happened? Inertia. Like the fat kid trying to peddle his bike from a stand-still up a steep hill, it's reallllly hard to get started sometimes.
Jake "Please Let Me Play" Fox. In the past week the young man is 9 for 23 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 6 RBI. Apparently he may actually belong in the major leagues, defensive incompetence be damned.
Alfonso Soriano. Is he finally awaking from hibernation and crawling out of the Slump Cave? In the past week the Fonz is batting .300 with a .344 OBP -- the sort of numbers that are actually passable for a leadoff guy.
Pretty much everybody else. It's the same old story. Team can't hit, blah blah, shaky bullpen, yadda yadda, crazy guy on roster, etc.
Assuming that today's crazy guy is actually Ted Lilly, and he displays his insanity by owning the Pirates from innings 1 through 9, then the Cubs just might sneak off with their second straight win. But it's a big assumption. This team needs an injection, and not of the steroid variety.