Gamecast: April 17, 2010 - Cubs vs. Astros
After a slow start, the Cubs offense finally got it going in the 8th yesterday, putting up 6 runs off a trio of Astros pitchers, leading to a nice 7-2 victory. And it was a quick victory as well, as the time of the game was 2hrs and 27 minutes. I don't know about anyone else, but I like my baseball games nice and quick like that...unless I'm at the park knocking back 1 or 2(00) beers, then they can go on all day for all I care.
After a slow start, the Cubs offense has certainly come to back to life, though it remains to be seen whether that was their own doing, facing some awful pitching, or some combination of both. The degree of difficulty is stepped up today as the Cubs face Roy Oswalt, who, depsite being 0-2 already, is definitely better than the last few starters the Cubs have seen. Oswalt's in a different league than the likes of Felipe Paulino, Dave Bush, Jeff Suppan, and Doug Davis..no disrespect to those gentlemen or their mommas.
Because of how late today's Gamecast is (blame the author), the lineup is out. It's the same lineup we saw on Opening Day, complete with Soriano in the 6th hole. We'll see how it goes. I'm hoping for another 6 good innings for Gorz (who despite his line of 0's at the top, actually has started a game). I can't realistically expect him to throw 6 shutout innings, but 2 runs or less would be nice, especially against this shit souffle the Astros are trotting out masquerading as a big league offense.
Carlos Marmol - Preseason, I said I didn't trust him. Well, he's meeting me eat those words thus far. 5 1/3 innings pitched, 1 hit, 11 K's. Not only that, he's looked downright filthy doing it. Keep it up big ears. I'm rooting for you to make your 2nd All-Star team this season.
The Middle of the 'Stros lineup - Their #3 hitter is Pedro Feliz (and he blows), and their #4 and #5 hitters are hitting .103 and .108 respectively. Add in that their lineup today includes Jason Michaels (sucks), JR Towles (1 for 18), and other luminaries like Chris Johnson and Tommy Manzella..well, I mean, COME ON.
Go Cubs. Keep the faith Goat Riders.