Gamecast: April11th, 2010 - Cubs at Reds
Tom Gorzelanny (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Mike Leake (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Cubs will go for their first series victory today against the Reds and phenom Mike Leake. Why phenom? Well, Leake will make his professional debut in the majors. Leake becomes only the 22nd player in MLB history to skip the minors. The last player? Current Cub Xavier Nady.
The Cubs have not fared well against young pitchers in the past. That is probably because the Cubs are not full patient hitters, which leads to a quick innings and strikeouts.
The other trend early on the season are the homeruns for the Cubs. The Cubs scored all their runs off the long ball on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. So, the Cubs are hitting the long ball, but they are still only 2-3.
Gorzelanny will make his season debut and will have a tough time matching "The Great" Carlos Silva. It looks like Silva and Gorzelanny will both pitch or a coupe more weeks since Ted Lilly was pushed back again.
Kosuke Fukudome - I know it's early, but I like what I see so far. The Dome is hitting .313 with a .915 OPS. We need more of this to help the Cubs.
Take your pick - Tyler Colvin, Ryan Theriot, Alfonso Soriano, Geovanny Soto and Marlon Byrd are all hitting below .200. It's early, but it wouldn't hurt to see some hits form these guys.
The Cubs need some good things to happen heading into the home opener. It would be nice to be .500 on the road trip to start the season .