Belated GameCast: July 6th vs. Braves
While the Cubs battle it out against Atlanta, the Brewers and Cardinals will be taking chunks out of each other. Odds are good that a series win puts the Cubs either decisively in second place or, if the Brewers play well against St. Louis, in a three-way tie for the division lead.
Pitching for Chicago is - dare we say it? - phenom Randy Wells, who is having a rookie season to remember despite nobody seemingly paying too much attention. Remember how quickly Kerry Wood captured our attention in '98? We were following his every pitch weeks before his 20 strikeout game. All Wells has done is pitch well in nearly every start and still he's lacking much of a buzz.
Anyway, as I write this the Cubs are winning 4 to 0 thanks to the early success of the top of the lineup. Odds are good that he's going to collect another win tonight.
Derrek Lee -- Last year Lee only hit 20 homeruns. So far this year he's blasted 16. So much for the mysterious Lee power drain that people were speculating about last season.
Kosuke Fukudome -- He's actually apparently paying off in the leadoff spot. Rob talks a lot about how important it is for a player to "know his role." I'm not sure how much I subscribe to that, although certainly a comfort zone plays a pretty big factor in my working life. Perhaps Fukudome is simply more comfortable leading off.
The bottom half of the Cubs lineup. Wait, what? Lou actually put his worst hitters at the bottom of the lineup? That's crazy talk!
As I write this, the Cubs lead 4 to 0 in the top of the 4th. I suppose we can call that a good start. No matter what, a win gains ground today as both the Brewers and Cardinals are off.