GameCast: April 8th - Cubs at Houston
Storylines: The action! The excitement! Our first series of the year and already we have a rubber game! Will the Astros dominate Lilly and seize the divisional lead? Will the Cubs come out on top in their inevitable climb to World Series glory? We'll find out in (theoretically) nine innings of heart-stopping play!
Who's Hot: Alfonso Soriano - 2 games, 2 homeruns, a .400 AVG, the Fonz is swinging a golden bat thus far in 2009. Speaking of hot starts, Ryan Theriot is batting .500 on the season with his first double last night. We'll ignore the fielding error and the time he was caught trying to steal.
Who's Not: Milton Bradley is 0 for 2009, and Geovany Soto isn't "cold" per se but he will miss at least one start while he ices his sore shoulder.
Update: After two nights of good pitching and modest offense, the bats have come alive in Houston. Every Cubs regular but Bradley has a hit as of the 5th inning (and Don't Wake Daddy has 2 walks, so he's not exactly being useless in his continued quest to get a hit). Kosuke Fukudome has sent a big Fuku to doubting Cub fans eveywhere by starting the night with a 3 for 3, 1 double, 2 steal performance and Lil' Baby Ruth hit his first homer of the year -- a 3-run jack in the 2nd inning.
The only problem so far? Ted Roosevelt Lilly is apparently designating the 2009 Astros as the new 2008 Reds. He's given up 5 through 5 innings. 4 came as solo shots, the 5th with a runner on. And yet, as the Cubs lead 10-5, Lilly is now in line to earn a win. Go figure.
Chances are the Recap will come in the morning, just in case you're wondering.