First Star – Mike Fontenot (.158 WPA)
Second Star – Casey Blake (.146 WPA)
Third Star – Jonathan Broxton (.143 WPA)
There are games that when you’re watching, you know they’re over before they end. Last night the lights went out in Wrigley Field before the game was over and caused a minor delay. That was just a picture of the night for the Cubs. The lights were out on them before the game was even over. It was just delaying the inevitable. When you let yourself get down 5-0 early and haven’t been scoring in bunches, it’s basically a sign you’re going to lose. That’s exactly what happened.
- Tom Gorzelanny’s performance couldn’t have come at a worse time for him. With Carlos Zambrano slated to come back to the rotation as early as next week’s series with Pittsburgh (ugh, do we really have to play those guys again?), Gorzo’s spot in the rotation is a little on the bubble. More than likely the Cubs will not move Gorzo because of the fact that he’s left handed, but you can bet that Hendry has been trying to move him via trade to make room and last night didn’t help that case. I’m not sure if he’ll get the start on Monday, but it’s going to be interesting to see how this rotation situation shakes itself out.
- Marlon Byrd had a quote on his blog the other day “I think our defense has been pretty good all year long.” When I read that I almost wet myself. Is he watching the games he’s playing in? Does he know that the Cubs have made 37 errors (3 more last night) this season? Does he know that those numbers put them just 1 behind the Angels, Tigers, and Marlins for last in the Majors? Does he know that a team like the Twins have only committed 9 all year? Last night the error by Mike Fontenot on an air mailed throw from third base cost the Cubs two runs. All three of the IF last night, with Derrek Lee being the only exception made errors. This team has to get better in the field. That is a vital part of run prevention and winning baseball.
- Lee seems to be coming out of the funk. He had another nice night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. His bat looks quicker and he seems like he’s hitting the ball a little better. I have a feeling his bust out games are right around the corner.
- Starlin Castro had a rough night. He made another error, though it’s his first in a few games, and he left six runners on base. It was also his first game as a pro where he failed to reach base. You had a good run kid. Go get ‘em next game.
- Bob Howry Alert: 1 IP and 0 Runs. Pardon me while I look out the window to see if I can spot any flying pigs.
- I screwed my Beat the Streak run last night by picking Marlon Byrd. He didn’t start, which I didn’t have a chance to check, but came in for just two at bats late. Grrrr. On a side note, if you’re not playing Beat the Streak with us, why not? Give it a try.
- Please take a minute and make your predictions in our contest for the month of June. There will be prizes and all you have to do is pick some Cubs stats for June. Play June Stat Madness now.
I didn’t expect us to win both of the games to start the series against some tough pitchers for the Dodgers. We took one so now it’s time to jump on a guy in John Ely who has pitched above his head. Beat him and we’ve got ourselves a series win against a very good Dodger team.