Gamecast: April 14th, 2010 - Cubs vs. Brewers
The Cubs are trying to claw their way back to .500 today against the Milwaukee Brewers today. It would be the first time all season the Cubs have made it back to .500 all season after the opending day loss to the Atlanta Braves.
More importantly, it marks Randy Wells' second start on his way to a Cy Young this season. Oh, I can dream since I just spent $11 on Wells in a deep NL-Only auction on Saturday (In my defense, I did have a ton of money to spend and it was after I picked up Ryan Bruan and Adrian Gonzalez). So, I really need Wells to pitch well to justify the dollar amount.
Well, back on topic now. The Cubs offense finally broke out on Monday to the tune of nine runs, which was fueled by home runs by Jeff Baker, Xavier Nady and Aramis Ramirez. It was good to see some of the other guys get going as well. It will interesting to see how they continue to hit this week.
In other news, it looks like Derrek Lee is day-to-day with a thumb injury. Apparently he injured it back in Atlanta and it was bad enough for him to come out of the game yesterday. At the time it looked as if the Cubs would cruise to a win, but the pitching staff had to make things interesting.
The Cubs called up right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday and placed right-handed reliever Esmailan Caridad on the 15-day disabled list because of a right-forearm strain.
The injury to Caridad, who has struggled in the setup role during the season's first week, is not considered serious.
Meanwhile, Xavier Nady is replacing first baseman Derrek Lee in the lineup for the Cubs (3-4), who will host the Milwaukee Brewers (3-4) at 1:20 p.m. Lee injured his right thumb Monday in the Cubs' 9-5 victory, which was sparked by Nady's three-run homer. Aramis Ramirez will bat third in the order.
Xavier Nady - With Lee on the mend with a thumb, Nady becomes very important. He's 3 for 7 so far with a HR and four RBI.
Kosuke Fukudome - Hitting .400...check....OPS over 1.000...check...HR...check...bunch of walks....wait..One walk? We'll see if it continues.
Tyler Colvin - He's got one hit so far and really needs some at bats in AAA to continue his development.
I don't know about you, but I could use a win today. With the Astros coming into town this weekend, it's time to run up a winning streak.