The Cubs road trip ended in Denver last night on a sour note. Until the 8th, the boys had a chance to sneak out of Colorado with a series win. Alas, the Rockies powerful offense took advantage of the bullpen and the road trip ended with 4 wins and 5 losses. There’s no denying the Rockies are the best team in the league right now… and Ubaldo is back.
It’s hard to be excited about our record… but WE’RE PLAYING .500 BALL! A couple of games could have been stolen, but that’s always going to happen. We haven’t gotten much from our starters, the bullpen has been a little up and down, and haven’t started hitting the long ball yet. But I’m confident we’re moving in the right direction.
All things considered, a 7-8 record is not too shabby at this point. The difference between a playoff team and a .500 team is usually not as much as people realize. Even the best teams go .500 for stretches, and make up ground on a few homestands and road trips. A 5-1 here, a 6-3 here, and pretty soon, you’re in the running.
Now, I’m not drinking the blue Kool-aid (at least not too much), but the record isn’t too bad considering how much room there is for improvement. Pitching, Offense, Defense, Baserunning. Plenty to work on, and as I expected – despite the Reds having the most talent – this division is shaping up to be a no-holds-barred 12 round steel cage death match.
Welcome back to Wrigley, Cubbies.
And a big Chicago welcome to the Padres of gorgeous, sunny San Diego.
The forecast for tonight’s game is 37-40°, Wind NE at 16 mph, and a 30% chance of SNOW. Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in SoCal any more.