Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

The Good: Hopefully these words don’t come back to haunt me, but Alfonso Soriano is playing like the player we signed to that huge deal prior to the 2007 season. Although it was his only hit yesterday, he hit his 25th home run of the season to put the Cubs up by 2 runs during the fifth inning. He even made a leaping catch against the ivy to rob Matt Cain of a double. Yes, he leaped. Against the ivy.

David DeJesus is turning out to be a nearly-elite player. Yesterday he was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. He is only batting .271, but considering that Rizzo and Castro are the only two starters whose averages are higher, he’s doing pretty well! It’s also safe to say a person can find him making at least one finesse defensive play on any given day. I hope to see him stick around for a couple more years. He’s not flashy, but he is solid.

Travis Wood did not get an at-bat yesterday, but his average is .216. Maybe Dale should have let him bat for himself, considering he’s batting about the same as most of our bench players.

The Bad: Not one single starter is batting near .300. Rizzo is the closest, at .287, while Jackson is the farthest at .190. Ouch. We did get 6 hits off Cain yesterday, which is fantastic and slightly surprising, but maybe we should try hitting average pitchers as well.

Travis Wood is winless since the All Star Break. Thankfully yesterday he got a no-decision rather than a loss, but the bullpen should be able to hold the lead for him. Unfortunately, The Marmol reared its ugly head once again, giving up two runs in the ninth and earned the loss.

Summary: The end of the season is always hard on fans. Some people even go so far as to disown the Cubs for the final month. It is too bad that folks do that, because they miss out on some exciting young players and $20 bleacher seat tickets.

Regardless, the team still stinks. However, I think things are looking up for next season. We have some potential for decent pitching and good hitting. Call me optimistic, but next year is looking tolerable.

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec