The Cubs took two of three from the Astros, but it wasn’t easy. In the two wins, both starting pitchers were left in too long, in my amateur opinion, and the Astros almost came back and won each game. I’m hoping Quade recognizes this and makes the appropriate adjustments. In the game we loss during the series, it was a horrible display of baseball by the Cubs. Lack of hustle, poor hitting and terrible defense. That’s all I’ve got to say about that!
I am still not happy with Marlon Byrd batting third. He’s off to a good start this season, but should be batting somewhere else in the lineup in my opinion. I think the number three hitter in your lineup should be your best run producer. I believe Aramis Ramirez is best suited batting third. He’s a proven run producer in his career. Meanwhile, Byrd is batting .353, but only has four RBIs! With runners in scoring position this year he’s hitting .214. We need to make a slight change in the lineup so we can score more runs!
Kosuke Fukudome’s hamstring is bothering him and it’s allowing Tyler Colvin to play every day. This is good news and I expect Colvin’s bat to wake up!
Darwin Barney has been excellent this spring and seems like a good double play partner with Starlin Castro. Everyone expected Castro to be playing well, but I don’t think very many people even knew who DB was before the season started. I’ve said it before, but he reminds me of Ryan Theriot when he first came up with the Cubs. That’s a good thing!
Former Cub, Sam Fuld, is turning into a human highlight reel for the Rays in Tampa. He’s playing great defense, stealing bases and hitting the cover off the ball. I’m glad he’s getting a chance to play and that he’s playing so well. Even though he’s no longer with the Cubs, I will keep rooting for you!
The abrupt retirement of steroid user and cheater, Manny Ramirez, seems like a fitting end to his career. I believe he had great talent, but I wonder how much of his talent was due to his steroid use.
The Cubs are gearing up for a weekend series against the Rockies in Denver. I hope we can win another series and that Matt Garza has a good game tomorrow night. I hope he sticks with his fastball more than he did last outing against the Brewers.