July 30th, 2007
| W – C. Hamels (12-5) L – T. Lilly (11-5) S – B. Myers (7)
Homeruns: T. Iguchi (7) A. Rowand (15) R. Theriot (3)
(AP Photo/Jerry Lai)
I’m getting used to this best record in MLB since June 3rd stuff. It’s taken me to the point where I honestly expect the Cubs to win every game and losing even one feels like a tragedy. Tonight was a big night, because it would have ended the chase for the top spot in the Central. Instead, we’ll have to hope we can take care of business tomorrow and hope the Brewers do their part against the Mets.
If the Cubs are going to be successful the rest of the season and into the playoffs, they have to begin to hit lefties. We’re in the bottom five in batting average and on base percentage against the lefties in the NL. Don’t get me wrong, Cole Hamels is a very good pitcher, but it’s not just Hamels that has stifled us. Lou at one point went to the funky lineup with Soriano in the fifth spot to change things up. I’m not sure if that’s the answer, but something needs to happen. Who knows, maybe Matt Murton is the bat we need to combat the lefties. Maybe this chance to win the RF spot down the stretch is the incentive he needs to step his game up to the quality we saw last year. If he can do that, he might just be the answer to this lefty problem.
Ryan Theriot was very good tonight. He’s turned into a good everyday shortstop, which is something even Lou probably didn’t expect. Coming into the year, most people were saying that Theriot was not a ML shortstop and that he didn’t have the glove to play the position. He’s served up a lot of crow on a silver platter for people to eat this season with his 2 errors in 50+ games at short. He tried his best to win the game on his own with two hits, but when you’re the only one hitting the ball, you can’t expect much.
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