Cubs 9 - Mets 6 (10 inn): Winning Just Because

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cubs 9 - Mets 6 (10 inn): Winning Just Because

. Thursday, September 25, 2008


If you think he's pissed now, wait until Lucy takes the football away as he's trying to kick it

The Cubs came back in dramatic fashion against the damned New York Mets last night. And you could almost hear the yawns from fans lulled into a sort of post-coital bliss by our recent clinches - really speaks to the heightened expectations on the North Side this year, no?


Maybe Carlos should pitch in pinstripes or the road greys - the blue jerseys aren't doing him many favors lately

Of course, not all was smooth sailing. Cray-Z had another one of those outings that make you question most of te $90 million we just threw at him. I realized after the game that his good, solid outings post All-Star break have been the exception, rather than the rule. Seeing him look at that grand slam like it was Old Yeller dying didn't inspire hope in this blogger. I'm sure hearing that Dempster Baby might start game 1 hurts, but in the interest of this being The Year, suck it the fuck up and go back to being a badass. * Ahem * I have a chart:

Carlos Zambrano - August/September

DATE GAME W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO NP-S GO-AO
AUG 03 PIT 0 0 2.76 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 3 2 1 1 1 2 82-47 4-9
AUG 09 STL 0 1 3.22 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.1 10 9 9 4 1 3 88-57 6-4
AUG 15 @FLA 0 0 3.38 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 4 5 5 1 5 6 119-63 5-7
AUG 21 CIN 1 0 3.29 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 6 1 1 1 4 4 105-59 10-5
AUG 26 @PIT 0 0 3.53 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.1 8 6 6 0 4 3 98-57 3-7
August Total:
1 1 7.43 5 5 0 0 0 0 26.2 31 23 22 7 15 18 492-283 28-32



DATE GAME W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO NP-S GO-AO
SEP 02 HOU 0 0 3.58 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.0 5 3 3 0 3 3 86-55 7-5
SEP 14 @HOU 1 0 3.41 1 1 1 1 0 0 9.0 0 0 0 0 1 10 110-73 13-4
SEP 19 STL 0 1 3.77 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.2 6 8 8 1 3 1 45-25 2-2
SEP 24 @NYM 0 0 3.91 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.2 3 5 5 1 4 2 87-50 5-7
Sept/Oct Total:
1 1 7.08 4 4 1 1 0 0 20.1 14 16 16 2 11 16 328-203 27-18

And who, you may ask, are we going to compare this to? The (chosen) one, the only, Jason Marquis, who, fairly or not, earned the nickname "The Marquis de Suck" early in the season. The man who won't figure into our playoff rotation, and is a long shot to make the post-season roster at all.

Jason Marquis - August/September


DATE GAME W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO NP-S GO-AO
AUG 01 PIT 0 1 4.68 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 8 3 3 1 1 2 102-63 8-8
AUG 06 HOU 1 0 4.73 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.1 6 4 4 1 2 3 107-71 11-5
AUG 13 @ATL 1 0 4.67 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.1 6 2 2 0 2 1 93-56 10-5
AUG 22 WSH 0 0 4.76 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.1 4 4 4 0 3 3 88-57 8-5
AUG 27 @PIT 1 0 4.52 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 5 0 0 0 0 3 95-61 11-7
August Total:
3 1 3.90 5 5 0 0 0 0 30.0 29 13 13 2 8 12 485-308 48-30



DATE GAME W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO NP-S GO-AO
SEP 01 HOU 0 1 4.46 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 5 2 2 0 3 8 111-67 5-5
SEP 06 @CIN 1 0 4.36 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.1 5 2 2 0 5 2 107-58 11-9
SEP 17 MIL 0 1 4.39 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.1 6 3 3 0 5 3 99-62 8-5
SEP 22 @NYM 1 0 4.43 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.2 8 4 4 1 4 4 109-61 11-5
Sept/Oct Total:
2 2 3.91 4 4 0 0 0 0 25.1 24 11 11 1 17 17 426-248 35-24




I don't know how scared Cubs fans are still capable of getting these days, as we're indeed living pretty high on the hog, but this scares the crapsolute hell out of me. Since July, Z has only given up fewer than 3 earned runs 3 times, and has overshot that figure far more often than is comfortable. Clearly, Carlos Zambrano is a more talented pitcher than Jason Marquis, but this seems like another case of one man pitching out of his mind and another not living up to what he can do. I really, really want Good Z back. The potential for postseason success is just sick if we can get him back together on the mound. I'm just going to go into denial now and assume he's saving 6 complete game shutouts for the playoffs. Lalalalallalala, I can't hear you.


Theriot practices for "Dancing With the Stars." Be still, my girlfriend's beating heart.

Even with that hiccup last night, you've got to feel great about our offense. Sure it was against the Mets bullpen, but they're ostensibly professionals. They do pick up a paycheck for playing baseball, right? Even with the home team playing for everything and us playing for jack, the Cubs hitters were able to rally where other teams may have folded. We got 15 damn hits! The Riot got 3 hits, Soriano had another amazing RBI shot down the line, and good old Derrek Lee blooped Mets fans into a boiling rage with his go-ahead RBI in the 10th.

The official scoring on this one is an Oopsy Poopsy to left

Lest I look like a complete jackass, I'd like to give a tip of my cap to Bob Howry, who got out of a bases-loaded, 1 out jam, when it looked like curtains for our Boys in Blue. Sure, he put himself in that mess, but he also took himself right out of it. Bottom line, even when we don't need a win, it sure feels good to get one. I could get used to this "winning for the hell of it" concept.

1 comments:

Steve said...

What beautiful chart formatting, John.