Cubs 8 – Rockies 3

Box Score / Video Highlights

Short and sweet this morning since we had some bad storms yesterday. As a result, I missed the Bulls game and the Cubs game. Taking a look at the box score:

What Went Right

  • The top of the order continues to impress with Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney combining for six hits, four RBI, and two runs scored. I don’t know if Barney will be the real deal up there, but it appears Castro is comfortable in the spot he’s it, so let’s not mess with him and move him all around. God forbid we have a leadoff hitter that can get on base and steal the occasional base.
  • Casey Coleman picked up win # 1 of the year and worked into the 6th inning before leaving due to a line drive to the leg. I don’t know that you can really hope for much more on a consistent bases from Coleman. I don’t see him as a deep into games type of guy anyway. I’ll take his outing and be happy with it.
  • Kosuke Fukudome came back to the lineup after missing a few games with the leg injury and logged himself a hit and a walk.
  • Pinch Hitting – Reed Johnson and Blake DeWitt both got pinch hits. Perhaps that’s what caused the storm at my house.

What Went Wrong

  • Koyie Hill played – He got a hit, but the fact remains that he played. Anytime that happens, it goes on this list.
  • John Grabow – Is he hurt again? Remember that was the excuse they used to brush off his suckage last year. What will it be this year because we know he sucks. I wonder if we hadn’t given him that two year deal (or that two year johnson as Bruce Levine would say), if he’d still be on this roster.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Starlin Castro (.254 WPA)

2nd Star – Casey Coleman (.244 WPA)

3rd Star– Alfonso Soriano (.220 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 2-0 (1.00)

Joe 4-3 (.571)

Mark 1-1 (.500)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-2 (.000)


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