Gamecast: May 9, 2010 - Cubs @ Reds
Ryan Dempster (2-2, 2.95) vs. Mike Leake (2-0, 2.94)
Well, the Cubs come into this Mothers Day contest trying to win the series. Yes, the game last night was effing atrocious. However, you don't get style points for your wins or losses, and with a win today the Cubs will get 2 of 3 @ Cincinnati and that's OK in my book. Ryan Dempster takes the mound for the Cubs, and quite honestly, there's no one else I'd rather have on the mound trying to turn it around after a tough loss than Ryan. He pitched pretty well last time out on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, but got the L because the Cubs couldn't score more than 2 runs. He has allowed 2 dingers in each of his last 2 times out, so that's a bit troubling, especially given the bandbox where today's game is taking place.
This Mike Leake character made his big league debut against the Cubs the first week of the season (remember, he was the cat that skipped the minor leagues entirely). That game he walked 7, and was generally pretty sketchy, but the Cubs only managed 1 run, and he survived his wildness. His control has got quite a bit tighter since then, and he's only allowed 1 run in each of his last 2 starts. The Cubs could use a major bounceback, however, I don't know if it's going to come today. I feel a low scoring game today honestly.
Soriano. It pains me, but we have really needed him the past couple weeks. And last night, he, the Byrdman, and Theriot (who's still hitting well at the top of the lineup) were the only Cubs with more than one hit. Honestly if you told me that by this point in the season, that Byrd and Soriano would be raking..both hitting about .320, I'd have told you we'd be in real nice shape. Oof.
Everytime I write one of these, I mention Rami's name. So there's him. Apparently Jeff Baker lit his ass on fire, so he's not doing so well..(or should I have put him in the "Hot" column?). And of course Jeff Gray's not doing well either. (This is what I wrote Friday, and it still applies..and Jeff Gray's now in AAA). - Also apparently John Grabow has a knee issue and has been sent home for an MRI. Can we just give him the same treatment that you give lame racehorses? Just put him out to pasture to graze?
So here we are. It's Mothers Day, and our season is in trouble. You can't fix it all in one day though. All the Cubs can do today is win the one game, and then head home and try to right the ship. I'm feeling a W, are you? Go Cubs! And Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!