April 21st, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E
St. Louis 0 2 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 3   12 17 0
Chicago 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 0   9 16 0
W -  Isringhausen (1-0)   L - R. Dempster (0-1)  S – None
Homeruns: C. Duncan (4) A. Pujols (5) S. Rolen (2) J. Edmonds (1) A. Ramirez (3) M. Barrett (4)

Box Score


(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Cubs have yet to get a series win at Wrigley this season. It’s frustrating because this was another series we could have won. I know Cub fans are irritated, but I’d like to offer some encouragement. Hopefully no one is seriously considering jumping ship this early in the year, but if that is the case, let my try and talk you off the ledge with a few notes of encouragement.

1. Derrek Lee hasn’t hit a homerun yet
This one doesn’t sound encouraging, but it is. Lee has been hot with the bat, but he hasn’t been driving the ball out of the ballpark yet. Coming into the game today, he was ranked as the number 1 first basemen according to CBS Position rankings. He has been hitting the ball well, but the fact that he hasn’t hit one out is encouraging because it means it’s possible for him to get even hotter! We forget how good his season was in 2005 because of the injury. I really believe he is going to be in the running for MVP at the end of the year, which means his power surge is coming.

2. Carlos Zambrano hasn’t pitched well yet.
I know it seems like these things are more discouraging than encouraging, but just keep in mind the fact that Carlos has been downright bad so far this year and the Cubs are still right in the thick of things in a weak division. When Carlos heats up, which hopefully starts tomorrow, that will give this team a good chance to win with four of the five starters they throw out there each day. That’s exactly the kind of good news I want. We know Carlos will come around, especially because he’s pitching for a contract. The only question is when it will turn around. I think it will be tomorrow.

3. Alfonso Soriano hasn’t hit yet
We have yet to see the wonder that is Alfonso Soriano. Is he going to be the savior of the world? No, but he brings great power to the plate and will bring speed once his leg feels better. Don’t throw him off the boat just yet. In his career, his 162 game average numbers are great, averaging 35 HR, 93 RBI, 105 Runs and 35 SB. Those are the numbers I think we’ll get from him when all is said and done.

Let’s not dwell on this loss or this poor start. This team is built to win and the organization knows that winning this year drastically increases the stock as they try to sell in the off-season. Now, take a deep breath, hold it, and let it out. There, I feel better. Now let’s beat the crap out of the stupid drunks from Milwaukee.

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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