Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: April 9th, 2010 - Cubs at Reds

Carlos Silva (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Homer Bailey (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Overview

The Cubs finally got the monkey off their back, but they didn't really actually break the slump at the plate. Granted, the season is still very young, but watching in person the last three games gave me a little glimpse into the season.

  • Derrek Lee's bat looks slow. I know he's a slow starter, but he didn't look good once at the plate. Everything he hit was to right and only warning track power. He's 34 and this could get ugly.
  • Ryan Theriot needs a hit. He really didn't do much in the series with the glove or bat. His SF was was barely a SF only because Nate McClouth can't throw. 
  • John Grabow....eh...its been covered already.

The Cubs traveled north last night and will play three with the Reds before heading home for the opener on Monday. The Cubs really could use a couple days in the Great American Home Run Park. It could do the offense good.

On the mound, the Cubs will send Carlos Silva, which is most likely an audition for the No. 5 starter role for when Ted Lilly returns. We will see if the "The Hut" can make us forget Milton Bradley.

Who's Hot
Cubs Starters - Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells threw really well the last two nights and saved the bullpen a little after the Monday opener.

Sean Marshall - He's looked great, but lets hope Lou doesn't run him out there too much that it leads to an injury.

Who's Not
Soto, Lee, Theriot, Soriano, Hill, Baker......I could keep going, but you get the picture.

Conclusions
The Cubs should win this series, but it starts with game one. Hopefully, the bats wake up and the pitching keeps it going, well everybody except John Grabow.

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