This game has filled me with happiness. Zambrano’s dominance is important; he’s been pretty consistent this year, and I believe that he, not Prior or Wood or Maddux or Clement, is the foundation of this pitching staff this year. So seeing him go out and dominate in a game in which the last hope of the Cubs, the wild card leadership, was on the line, was a big deal.
It was also nice to see a Cub — any Cub — hit a homer with someone on base.
The Cubs are 62-51. Nine games over .500. You can blame it on injuries all you like, but they have 49 games left in the season. If they win 28 of those games they’ve got ninety wins, which means they ain’t controlling their destiny. Even two games up in the wild card, they’re going to have to make a strong stretch run to end up on top of the wild card, and with 2 of the last 4 world series champions entering the playoffs as wild cards, that’s all that matters.
On a day when Garciaparra goes 0-4 it’s nice to see the rest of the team — the guys that put up a post-Nomar 57-49 record — put the game on their shoulders and win it. I think we’re in good shape.
UPDATE: It was pointed out to me that 62 minus 51 is eleven. So the Cubs are eleven games over .500, not nine as I stated before. I’m in college to be an elementary school teacher, so soon I’ll have a whole classroom of eight year-olds who can hopefully teach me how to do simple math.