Series Recap - Reds 2, Cubs 1, Dusty wins again, dude
It hurts! It hurts me in the soul!
It's hard to blame Carlos, who pitched well but not exceptionally. El Gordo Mooso threw 7 innings, surrendered 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 while allowing 3 earned runs. The problem was that Carlos could have held the Reds to 1 run and it probably would've been too many because the offense is dead right now and the bullpen is struggling.
I'm going to take from this series an important factoid - when the Cubs were working Reds pitchers, they kicked the crap out of them. But the last two games they've drawn maybe 3 walks and so their scoring opportunities have been minimal.
In the bullpen, Neal Cotts continued to deliver - 2 hits and 1 earned, via a homer. And Jeff Samardizja, in his first outing of 2009, prooved to be well worth the cutting of Luis Vizcaino and his 0.00 ERA by giving up 4 hits and 2 earned runs.
Later today I'm going to write a littany of complaints against Lou, which doesn't mean I don't love him in a non-gay way.
The Cubs entered this home series against Dusty Baker's Reds with a statistical lead in the central. They leave 2 games out of first - in fourth place - behind the surprisingly resilient Cardinals.
Hey, it's still way too early to judge but maybe the central will be tougher than we could've expected.
Current Record: 8-6
Position in the NL Central: 4th place, 2 games out of first
Best Possible Record: 156-6
Worst Possible Record: 8-154
On Pace For: 93-69