Cubs – 9 vs. Pirates – 1

If you wanna know the answer to that question, just ask the members of the Pirate ballclub. You have the choice of asking them tonight after a 9-1 Cub win or you can ask them on Thursday night after they get swept at home by the Cubbies. You take your choice. I predicted yesterday that the Cubs would sweep the Pirates and the Mets. So far I am still good on that. 5 games to go.

The Cubs had this game from the very beginning, putting up 4 runs in the first inning and never looking back. It’s hard not to be optimistic when you have Big Z on the mound and a 4 run lead. Zambrano went 8 strong innings and lowered his season ERA to 1.29. That’s pretty sweet considering we are without Prior and the Maddux we have doesn’t seem to be what we paid for. Part of me wonders if the Braves may have kept Greg and gave us an imposter.

All in all, I am starting to get excited about this team. Granted we are beating some easy teams, but I think we’re pulling it together and will be ready when we face St. Louis. I was excited to see Dusty pull Zambrano after the 8th inning. There is no need to trot him out there for the ninth when he has already thrown 110 pitches. Hopefully no one will complain about that amount. If they do, they’re idiots.

Player of the Game

I have to say that when I saw someone actually picked Alex Gonzalez today for the contest, I almost thought it was a joke. Now, I wish I would have had the guts to pick ole Alex. He made us proud today and earned some of that money we’re paying him. Not only did he hit a HR, which he has been known to do from time to time, but he also added a double and 4 RBI’s. Way to go kid!!!

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail