Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Game & Series Recap: Cubs 2, Astros 0 (2 games to 1)

Game Recap

Nobody predicted it at the time, but Ted Lilly is perhaps the best free agent pitcher signing the Cubs have ever made and last night he continued his domination of the Houston Astros. Lilly -- who, last I heard, is going to have shoulder surgery this off seasson -- pitched 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits, walking none and striking out 5. He improves to 10-8 on the year, and has a chance of getting his ERA below 3.00 before the year's over.

In the 9th, Carlos Marmol held the lead for his 8th save of the year, causing one Goat Reader to remark that he's been a great closer this year and might be able to do the job next season without trouble. I hate to be the bringer of bad news, though, but Marmol's outing last night was hardly great and he's only been closer for a couple of weeks. Even Kevin Gregg -- who proved to be a dud -- looked good for a couple of months before devolving into a rancid pile of dung. At one point last night Marmol had surrendered 1 walk and 1 hit with 2 outs needed and the heart of the Astros lineup in front of him. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement for the job next year in my opinion.

It's probably not surprising that the Cubs won last night, but considering that they faced the inept Felipe Paulino, maybe we should continue to feel annoyed -- not concerned, there's no point -- by the offensive bumblings of the team. The only 2 runs came from a Derrek Lee homerun, his 27th of the year. With about a month of play remaining, he needs 10 RBI to hit 100 for the second time of his career.

All told, it was hardly a dominating series win but with the ridiculously weak schedule remaining the Cubs have a chance to play a very good September and finish with a respectable -- if not pointless -- winning record.

Current Record: 67-64
Position in the NL Central:
2nd place, 10.5 games out
Best Possible Record: 98-64
Worst Possible Record: 67-95
Record needed to win 90: 23-6
On Pace For: 83-79

I´ve been a longtime

I´ve been a longtime supporter of Marmol, and I didn´t mean that he has been a great closer or pitcher all year, but recently out of that spot in the pen he has looked better than he has at pretty much any point this season. Hopefully he´s turned a corner and can finally start hitting the strike zone with some real consistency.

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