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Welcome Carlos Zambrano

Sunday, May 22, 2005

It turns out Carlos Zambrano's 'tennis elbow' was a result of using his computer too much. Well, I'm figuring if Carlos spends all that time surfing, he must be visiting here or GROTA on a regular basis. Afterall, I/we are his biggest fans!

Anyhow, this story is the very definition of bull----. Granted, I'm not a finely tuned professional athlete who goes out and throws 110 pitches every five days... but I do know what it is to spend too much time on the computer... and trust me, Carlos arm isn't injured because of too much point-and-clicking.

Well, the Cubs played the Sox this weekend and it was a tough weekend. I'm happy to report that due to a complete game gem by Mark Prior and a three run home run off of Jason Dubois' bat, the Cubs managed to avoid being swept by the White Sox. Otherwise, it was awfully difficult to watch this team over the last three days.

Friday's game featured about sixteen instances of Cubs infielders diving for balls and missing them. Meanwhile, the Sox pounded the ball into the ground all afternoon en route to beating the Cubs soundly.

On Saturday, Carlos Zambrano went out and had a no-hitter going through 5.2 innings until Jeff Torborg (Fox' color commentator) had the audacity to mention the no-hitter. Sure enough the White Sox got a hit. It was the only hit Zambrano allowed in the seven innings he pitched, but the Cubs bullpen imploded and the White Sox scored 5 runs in the eighth and ninth.

Today, Mark Prior took care to keep his pitch count down (somewhat) and went the full nine innings in a 4-3 victory (126 pitches). As opposed to the first two games, the long-ball ruled the day. All seven runs were scored on the home run. Prior allowed solo shots to Jermaine Dye, Tadahito Iguchi, and Paul Konerko. For the Cubs, Henry Blanco went deep with the bases empty, and Jason Dubois hit a three run shot in the sixth.

On the whole, it was a disappointing weekend of baseball. The Cubs continued to play sub .500 baseball without any indications that things might be turning around. We essentially crossed the 25% mark this season, and the Cubs are sitting seven games behind the Cardinals. As it is currently constituted, I don't think this roster is capable of winning the division... but I'll continue to watch and hope. I'm expecting to see a trade soon if Hendry and Baker think they can make the postseason, but until then: Let's go Cub-bies.

Posted by Byron at May 22, 2005 9:18 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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That's crazy we're at the 25% mark for the season. You should post some predicitons for trades... cause you're right though, without some deals, the post-season prospects are looking bleak.

Bleak playoffs? I don't think so..were still early into the season, and the last stat I saw the Cubs blew 7 of 15 save possibilities, and last I saw they were 7 games back. So find a closer and the Cubs can claw back into it. Were only a 1/4 way into the season. You can't write them off yet. I'm begning to not like this whole past success as now the Cubs are losing the loveable losers title =(

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