Bullet points because it’s late, I’m tired and they’re pretty…
Things I Like:
- Chicago pitchers have recorded 40 strikeouts through four games. Starting pitchers have 29 of those K’s.
- All position players have at least one hit.
- Starlin Castro is turning into a pitchers worst nightmare with 8 hits. That’s good enough for first place in all of major league baseball. How often does that happen?!
- Carlos Marmol didn’t miss a step today after giving up a 4-3 lead yesterday to let the Pirates win 5-4.
- Kerry Wood is reminding everyone why he was Chicago’s favorite son for much of his first tenure with the Cubs: 3 IP, 3 hits, 2 BB, 4 SO, and (this one’s my favorite) a 0.00 ERA. Sure it’s been four games, but that’s a pretty fantastic line for any relief pitcher.
Things I don’t like:
- Carlos Pena is day-to-day after spraining his thumb in this afternoon’s game against Arizona. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not super familiar with Pena’s background, but the Cubs have perennially had problems with key players flirting with the 10-day DL (I’m looking at you Ramirez and Lee…)
- Garza gives up 16 hits. Sure, he also got 12 strike outs, but 16 hits?! Seriously?!? I thought he said he’d do better once he got out of the uber-dry AZ air…
- A 1-2 series loss to Pittsburgh is never how one wants to start a season.
- Marlon Byrd should not be batting in the 3-hole. Don’t believe me? Check out his line after four games…
Things that are interesting:
- Monday’s attendance was 26, 292. That’s the smallest crowd since 2002. The team is averaging 33, 572 after four home games (thanks Cubs.com for the stats!). Sure it’s early and sure the weather sucks, but at a job fair in March, I had a member of the White Sox front office staff point blank say that the Cubs are noticeably down in pre-season ticket sales this year. Are the numbers a reflection of the weather or is Cubs Nation waning in its enthusiasm? I certainly hope it’s the former and not the latter…
- I’ve become a fan of Bleacher Nation during this off-season. They’re good writers, offer a plethora of stats and info on the team as well as the Division and seem like pretty classy guys all-around. This post from Monday by their writer Ace was very thought-provoking. I’m not stating an opinion here, but I’d be curious to know what people think.
- Andrew Cashner gets the start tomorrow. ‘Nough said…
Welp, that’s all for the night. Oh, and because I couldn’t resist: