The Cubs, In Couplets (Game Recap: Chicago Cubs 9, New York Mets 3)
Alfonso Soriano is hitting .327, with a .978 OPS, and has struck out ten times. Aramis Ramirez is hitting .131 with a .506 OPS and has struck out 21 times.
Ryan Theriot's on-base percentage is below .300. Geovany Soto's on-base percentage is above .500.
Tyler Colvin is hitting .261. And he is awesome and I love him.
This poetry session is over.
Kudos to Carlos Silva, the winning pitcher from tonight's game who went six strong innings and allowed just two hits. This man is pitching completely out of his mind. It might be because he's throwing a much smaller percentage of fastballs than he usually does (just over 50% so far this year, as opposed to between 70 and 80 percent in all other years of his career). He's never thrown his slider nearly as much as he is so far this year (18% of the time by Fangraphs' latest numbers).
Kudos to Alfonso Soriano. He was inches away from hitting for the cycle tonight, going 3-for-5 with a walk, a single, a triple, and a long shot to left that just got over the wall to plate two runs. Should he be hitting fifth?
For that matter, should Mr. Two-Hits-Three-Walks-No-Outs Geovany Soto and his over-.500 OBP be hitting higher in the order as well? Actually, I'll answer this one for you: Probably not. He's the catcher, so there's no use wearing him out. And for all the walks he draws, he also strikes out a lot. The seventh spot is probably the perfect place for him (much better than eighth; his slugging percentage will suck from that spot).
Ryan Theriot, Marlon Byrd and Tyler Colvin had multi-hit outings themselves, going 3-for-5, 2-for-4, and 2-for-5 respectively.
Also, Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
In the end, though, this game was won by super performances from Carlos Silva and Alfonso Soriano. Whodathunkit??? Go Cubbos!