Gamecast: July 21th at Phillies
Ok, Game 1 didn't quite work out how the Cubs wanted. Ted Lilly looked like he was throwing batting practice, and the Cubs offense went back into hibernation.
None the less, the Cubs did not lose any ground last night on their main rivals. The Cardinals, Brewers, and Giants all found ways to lose. The Brewers even got into a little spat with the Pirates over beaning players.
The Cubs did not do much of anything right last night, so lets not harp on the negative all over again. The key to the next two games is starting pitching. Rich Harden, who is now pitching in mostly night games, will take the mound after another strong start against Washington.
Harden's problems come when he gets his ball up in the zone. On the other side, Joe Blanton will toe the rubber for the Phillies. On paper the match up looks great, but the Cubs only look good on paper lately.
Alfonso Soriano - The move down the order has done something, who cares why. He picked up three hits last night, even if they were all singles. Now, if people could get on base in front of him.
Ryan Theriot - The Riot picked up the lone RBI last night, and walked twice. He might not be flashy, but he gets the job down.
Aramis Ramirez - I sure dislocating a shoulder hurts a lot, and playing baseball doesn't help. Even so, he went 0-for-3 last night. I'm sure he will bounce back, but he's going to have to prove he can hit to help Derrek Lee in the lineup.
Koyie Hill - Our backup catcher went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .204. I wonder if Lou will gamble and play Fox behind the plate at least once? Or will the Cubs pick up someone else to get some starts? Your guess is as good as mine.
The Cubs need a win. The fans need something to feel good about, because I'm sick of all the "sky is falling" attitudes many fans have taken to this season. It is clear to see this season isn't as picture perfect as last season. So, lets go ahead and deal with it and give our support to our team.