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Game 53 – Ending The Month on a High Note

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Box Score / Highlights

Star of the Game – Alfonso Soriano – .180 (WPA)


The Cubs ended the month of May on a high note running their current win streak to five games behind the starting effort of Matt Garza. It certainly feels like the tide is turning and things are beginning to get better. After all, take a look at the records so far each month.

April: 10-16

May: 13-14

There is improvement there, for sure. I said at the beginning of the season that I felt like a realistic goal to shoot for this year was a .500 record. Coming off a dreadful season last year, it was ambitious, but attainable. The month of May shows that I’m right, albeit a small sample size, but what changed from April to May?

It’s hard to say for sure, but there have certainly been things worthy of praising, but there is a lot of improvement that still needs to take place, particularly from the offensive stars in this lineup.

I’d like to think that by the end of July, this team can be at .500. It will be interesting to watch.

GAME NOTES

  • The current five game win streak is the longest for the Cubs since 2011
  • The umpire crew had the unenviable job of working the Royals / Cardinals affair that ended at 3:14am.
  • Friday’s announced attendance of 24,645 was the lowest of the season
  • Scott Hairston’s grand slam was the second in the last two days for the Cubs after Travis Wood hit one yesterday against the Sox.

Jeff Samardzija gets the chance to take the bump tomorrow against Ian Kennedy in an effort to win the series with the Diamondbacks and run the streak to six. He’s coming off his masterful performance against the White Sox so hopefully there is no letdown there.

  • Jedi

    Bill James’ says we’re 28-25. Maybe we can make the Pythagorean playoffs this year.

    • BLPCB

      If Carlos FujiCamp wasn’t blowing games left and right in April, we might ACTUALLY be 28-25

      • Doc Raker

        Hey, if this was the Hendry regime Carlos would still be closing and Len Kasper would be selling his eventual turn around to us after every blown save. ‘Carlos is bound to find it eventually, the metrics say so so we have to stick with him.”

      • Buddy

        Len would follow that up with information about the Gin Blossoms upcoming show at Decatur Fest.

      • BLPCB

        And the bands he wants to see at Lollapalooza. I didn’t even know what Lollapalooza was until I started lifeguarding 3 years ago.

      • Eddie Von White

        I still don’t know what it is.

      • BLPCB

        It’s a huge music festival. I would lifeguard 60 hours the week of Lolla because everyone would go to it. That’s how I learned what it was when I started lifeguarding.

      • Doc Raker

        I only know of Lollapalooza because of Len. That is not the kind of information I want from my Cubs broadcast. Harry couldn’t even pronounce Lollapalozza even if he was directed to pimp it, “Lollapalooza spelled backwards is Azoolapallol.”

      • Eddie Von White

        That’s actually easier to pronounce backwards.

      • BLPCB

        Well then I’m glad that finger-flipping Jim is gone.

  • Jedi

    Bill James’ says we’re 28-25. Maybe we can make the Pythagorean playoffs this year.

    • AC0000000

      If Carlos FujiCamp wasn’t blowing games left and right in April, we might ACTUALLY be 28-25

      • Doc Raker

        Hey, if this was the Hendry regime Carlos would still be closing and Len Kasper would be selling his eventual turn around to us after every blown save. ‘Carlos is bound to find it eventually, the metrics say so so we have to stick with him.”

      • Buddy

        Len would follow that up with information about the Gin Blossoms upcoming show at Decatur Fest.

      • AC0000000

        And the bands he wants to see at Lollapalooza. I didn’t even know what Lollapalooza was until I started lifeguarding 3 years ago.

      • Eddie Von White

        I still don’t know what it is.

      • AC0000000

        It’s a huge music festival. I would lifeguard 60 hours the week of Lolla because everyone would go to it. That’s how I learned what it was when I started lifeguarding.

      • Doc Raker

        I only know of Lollapalooza because of Len. That is not the kind of information I want from my Cubs broadcast. Harry couldn’t even pronounce Lollapalozza even if he was directed to pimp it, “Lollapalooza spelled backwards is Azoolapallol.”

      • Eddie Von White

        That’s actually easier to pronounce backwards.

      • AC0000000

        Well then I’m glad that finger-flipping Jim is gone.

  • Buddy

    The Cubs June schedule is encouraging. Opponents include the D-backs, the underachieving Angels, the Mets, the Astros, the Brewers, and the Mariners.

    • If the Marlins had been on there I would have started the conspiracy theory talks. What they’d be conspiring for I don’t know

  • Buddy

    The Cubs June schedule is encouraging. Opponents include the D-backs, the underachieving Angels, the Mets, the Astros, the Brewers, and the Mariners.

    • If the Marlins had been on there I would have started the conspiracy theory talks. What they’d be conspiring for I don’t know

  • wisconsinjpc

    Will you please stop putting silver linings on our clouds? 5-game win streak, talk of going .500, two days of grand slams back-to-back… I can barely recognize this place.

  • wisconsinjpc

    Will you please stop putting silver linings on our clouds? 5-game win streak, talk of going .500, two days of grand slams back-to-back… I can barely recognize this place.

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs are 2-0 this season when hitting a grand slam. If the Cubs keep this up Chuck is going to owe $100 to my charity.

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs are 2-0 this season when hitting a grand slam. If the Cubs keep this up Chuck is going to owe $100 to my charity.