Cubs 5, Marlins 1
What Went Right
- Casey Coleman – Down the stretch last year, Coleman looked really good in the rotation. It gave me a little confidence in his ability when Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner went down. This year has been a little different. In eight starts last year, Colemand had a game score of 58 or more. Through six starts coming into last night, just one. Last night he looked really good, striking out hitters and getting ground balls. It was a different type of outing than we’ve seen from Coleman and it all started with his ability to get out of the big inning and prevent a breakdown with two outs and runners on 1st and 2nd in the first inning. Even his fastball was riding in faster than normal. With the news of Cashner’s setback, we’ll be seeing Coleman in the rotation for the next few months, at least.
- Middle of the Order – It’s be a soft spot on this team all year, but the heart of the order got the job done tonight. There are those that don’t like Starlin Castro hitting third, but he drove in a pair and went 2-for-5. Carlos Pena chipped in with a hustle double and a walk and is seeing that batting average slowly creep closer to the career average. What people are not mentioning about Pena is that for the month of May, he’s hitting .327 / .452 / .653 with 5 HR, 12 BB and 10 R.
- The Bullpen – It was a pretty ho hum type of night once the pen came in with the exception of the bomb to LF served up by Kerry Wood. Other than that, the pen continues to be a major strength of this team. I believe Cashner will slot back into the pen when he returns, which makes a strength even stronger.
What Went Wrong
- Darwin Barney – He was the only starter that failed to get a hit in the game. Even Koyie Hill notched a hit. Speaking of Hill, he’s riding a three game hit streak now.
- Hanley Ramirez picked up an error in the 1st on a ground ball by Fukudome. He took a really weird route to the ball to begin with but then tried to field the ball at a really weird angle with the glove. The whole play looked very little leaguesque.
- Tyler Colvin made his debut with the Iowa Cubs and went 0-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. (Box Score)
- Bob Brenly talked a little bit about rules from a hitting standpoint when a balk is involved. I never knew that if the pitcher delivers the pitch, but a balk was called in the process that it’s fair game for the hitter to swing. In addition to that, and this was the part that really surprised me, was that if the hitter gets a hit as a result, it counts. If he makes an out, it doesn’t count. It’s almost like the offsides play in football. Go for the home run. All it can yield is good things.
- The Cubs are now 75-74 all time in the series against the Marlins
Question for Discussion – This weekend puts the Cubs in Boston, which means there will be a DH involved. What is your lineup with the DH, position by position. Here is mine.
Fukudome – RF
Barney – 2B
Castro – SS
Ramirez – 3B
Pena – 1B
Byrd – CF
Soriano – DH
Hill / Castillo – C
Campana – LF
My thinking is that even though I think Campana is a better hitter than our catchers, using his speed at the bottom makes him a speedy “leadoff” guy once the lineup turns over. Soriano needs to DH. The idea of him battling the green monster scares the ever lovin’ daylights out of me and has had me waking up in cold sweats for the last two nights. What about you guys? What’s your lineup?
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star– Casey Coleman (.273 WPA)
2nd Star –Marlon Byrd (.122 WPA)
3rd Star– John Buck (.115 WPA)
Official Recap Standings
Mark 4-3 (.571)
Buddy 3-3 (.500)
Joe 9-10 (.474)
Brandon 1-4 (.200)
Chet 0-2 (.000)