April 27th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 7 1
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0   3 9 1
W -  J. Marquis (3-1)   L - A. Reyes (0-4)  S – R. Dempster (4)
Homeruns: A. Ramirez (5) F. Pie (1) Y. Molina (1)

Box Score


(AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)

What’s this? A winning streak? Granted, it’s a baby winning streak, but we can nurse it and help it grow into a big strong winning streak if we continue to play the way we have the last two games.

Ryan Theriot
I mentioned yesterday that I wasn’t a big fan of him at shortstop. Our lineup is good enough to where it can overcome a lack of production at that position from an offensive standpoint in exchange for good solid defense up the middle. Theriot had his second game at the position and he made an error. At the very least, he needs to only be there when we have a starter on the mound that isn’t considered a groundball pitcher. Here are the career groundball to flyball ratios for our main four starters since number five is TBA.

Zambrano – 1.71 (2.23 last year)
Lilly – 0.81
Hill – 0.71
Marquis – 1.48

With that information at our fingertips, it would make sense to me to start Theriot at short on days where Lilly or Hill takes the mound and make sure Izturis is out there on Zambrano and Marquis days, especially Zambrano due to the chance for an emotional implosion if he has something go wrong in his start. We can’t have things like that, especially with Carlos off to such a tough start.

Cesar Izturis
Now I suppose that everyone wants to keep Izturis since he got a big hit to give the Cubs a much needed insurance run in the 9th inning. I’m not saying that we had to have that run, but at the time, when you look back at the goings on in the 8th, it was nice to add a little insurance, with the possibility of Pujols coming up in the 9th inning.

Cesar is not the problem on this team. He wasn’t brought here for his bat. He was brought here to play a rock solid season as the starting shortstop after the terrible season we got from Ronny Cedeno last year. Stop saying we need to get rid of Izturis because he’s not hitting. He wasn’t brought here to hit.

Longball
In my mind, Aramis Ramirez is our best power hitter. I know that a lot of people will disagree with me and say it’s Derrek Lee, but you can’t assume that because of one big power surge in 2005. Look at the numbers of both players and you can’t possibly make the case for Lee. Ramirez went deep again last night for his fifth of the year and we even got to see Felix Pie dance like a little girl around the bases when his shot to center got out. We needed both of those homeruns and it was nice to see Felix get one. I’m still waiting on a Soriano homerun myself.

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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