May 25th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2   3 7 0
San Diego 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 5 0
W -  B. Howry (2-3)   L  - C. Meredith (1-2)  S – R. Dempster (10)
Homeruns: None

Box Score

It’s about time we win a game like this. As usual, I wasn’t able to make it through the entire game and was forced to catch the end on MLB.tv. I wish I had a lot to add to this one, but I don’t. Jason Marquis continues to look very sharp, but then again, I believe I had that on when we signed him. In December I put together a post called “What I Expect From The 2007 Chicago Cubs Starting Pitchers”.

Jason Marquis, who Cubs fans seem less than thrilled to have, should round out the rotation, assuming he doesn’t get booted by a healthy Mark Prior or a suddenly emergent farmhand like Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall, or Carlos Marmol. You can complain all you want on this one, but i’m not budging. I like this signing and I think Marquis is a lot better than the numbers he put up last season. Sometimes you have to play a hunch and that’s what Hendry’s done. When the Cardinals too a chance on Chris Carpenter, no one thought it would work out the way it has. Here are his numbers in Toronto.

2000: 10-12 with an ERA of 6.26
2001: 11-11 with an ERA of 4.09
2002: 4-5 with an ERA of 5.28

Suddenly, he goes to St. Louis and wins 15 games, posting an ERA of 3.46. The next year, he wins the Cy Young with an ERA of 2.83. Last year an ERA of 3.09 was coupled with 15 more wins. Sometimes guys just need a need start. The Cubs have given that to Marquis and I think we’ll see the benefits of it. Will we get Chris Carpenter type numbers? No, but at the number five spot, all I want is double digit wins.

In other news, Wade Miller is just about ready to “return”. He’s slated for another minor league rehab start and then the Cubs will need to make a decision on if they want to add him to the rotation. Sean Marshall looked good in his first start, so another good one would probably mean Miller will be on the outside looking in.

Last, but not least, be sure to check out our podcast. We talked yesterday about Roger Clemens, Elijah Dukes, and Jason Giambi. It was a good show. Here is the link to the episode.

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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