So the Cubs are off to a pretty good start this year! They had a terrific April, and then a little hickup at the beginning of May and now their back on track! They have a 2 game lead in the National League Central.
The Cubs have had a great deffense and a terrific offense. A few injuries have come along the way, but have quickly fades off. I will begin with the offense for the Cubs.
The lead off man, Alfonso Soriano started off alright, but then was put on the 15 day disabled list after hurting his calf. Manager Lou Piniella took a lot of wrap for putting Soriana back in the lead off spot after the Cubs were clicking in April. Soriana came out cold, but has heated up and is swinging the back like no other. Geovany Soto, the rookie catcher has become the MVP of April in the National League not just because of his excellence as a catcher, but also as a hitter. The rest of the offense has great days and down days. Mark DeRosa has been very good from moving from his normal second baseman spot to filling in at third, left field, right field, and first base. He doesn’t let the moving around effect him at the plate, he brought in his fourth homerun of the year and is hitting great.
I would feel bad not to mention the rest of the guys that have done well: D-Lee has brought his homerun game back, Ronny Cedeno has been hitting great, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukodome, and Reed Johnson. They have all credited the team with great at bats and they just keep them coming.
The pitching has been good, but a few problems have come up. Rich Hill was just sent down to AAA Iowa to work on his pitching after having some terrible starts and in his final start walked 4 out of 6 batters in the first. Carlos Zambrano has been extraordinary at the mound, making great pitches all game. Ryan Demster has been a surprise this season, with the transition from closer to starter and excelling at the mound. Ted Lilly had a rough outing at first, but has been able to pull out a wins in his last three starts. Jason Marquis has been working on his pitching. Sean Gallager just took the mound as the fifth starter and in two outtings got a no desion and a win.
The Bull Pen has been their in and out. Starting with the closer, Kerry Wood. He once was a starter but injuries almost did him in. Now he has become the closer an is looking better than ever at the mound. He has a speedy FASTBALL and a terrific slider (which he has twicked a little). Carlos Marmol has been great everytime he is at the moud, throwing strikeouts like no other. The Bull Pen has also relied on other key figures: Jon Lieber, Michael Wurtz, Bob Howry, Sean Marshall, Scott Eyre, and others.
All I can think right now, is a 100 years without a World Series Victory is enough. The team has got all the goods this year and everything is clicking right now. Let’s cheer on these Cubs, because this is the year for the Chicago Cubs!