Wrigley Field, come for the ... atmosphere?
We were above .500 - for a couple hours. Following the split of a day/night doubleheader that made me feel cold just watching at home, the Cubs have now been 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, and 9-9. And yes, I absolutely had to list each of those individually. It looks like it's going to be a long year of trying to get on the right side of that line. During my childhood full of terrible Cubs teams, this might have been enjoyable. Post-2003, it just feels like running in quicksand. But you know what? We're also in first place. Bet you didn't see that coming. Sure, it's a tie with the Reds, Brewers, and Cardinals, but it's still a sweet, sweet taste of the lead.
Rejoice with us, children! After the jump.
"Yay! We're briefly in over 500!"
That we're in first place at all - even in a weak division, even in a four-way tie - is pretty amazing considering how precarious our starting pitching is. I'm giving him all benefit of the doubt, but James Russell is not a starting pitcher. Against perhaps the worst offense in the NL (and that's quite the distinction) he couldn't last more than 4 innings. Hell, even Matt Garza, who was last seen playing the role of pitching machine against the Pirates, managed to keep the Padres to 1 run. What happens when Russell has to throw against Albert Pujols in the middle of summer when the wind is blowing out at Wrigley? It's going to look like the second coming of David Patton.
And the tens of ... fans cheered!
So far, the things that have been going well read like a bizarro version of our expectations. Marlon Byrd is still struggling to get on track, while Darwin Barney is above .300. Aramis is off to a .324 start, while Tyler Colvin is can't even manage an OBP we can mention without involuntary head shakes (.208, if you were wondering). Fukudome continues his usual Spring routine, so enjoy that while it lasts. I always do - Fuku is the one Cub I can never bring myself to curse ... for all that long.
Off day today, then a series at home with the Dodgers, who Bud Selig just went all Repo Man on. Let's enjoy our Cubs. Weather's only going to get warmer.