Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Cub Power

As the Cubs added Derrek Lee, Todd Walker, and Michael Barrett to the mix this offseason and knowing that we’re getting Corey Patterson back and still have Sosa, Alou, and Ramirez, you’ve got to expect the Cubs would be putting up decent offensive numbers this season. I must admit I wasn’t expecting it to be this explosive. The Cubs rocked the Jason Vogelsong and the Pirates last night 9-1 popping off 4 home runs (not including a 400-foot flyout bomb to the deepest part of PNC Park by Alou) without the help of the Wrigley Field wind.

I’m betting Corey Patterson is going to make another strong push for the All-Star game this year. He went deep in the first inning on a two-run homer that set the tone of the game. If he can become more disciplined at the plate and figure out the strike zone, he’s going to become an excellent hitter.

The Cubs are definitely clicking on the offensive side. Here are the Cubs ranks among all Major League teams in the various offensive cateogories:


  MLB Rank
G14
AB512
2
R85
4
H149
3
2B42
1
3B4
4
HR30
1
RBI83
3
TB289
1
BB50
14
SO92
10
SB2
28
CS2
18
OBP0.356
8
SLG0.564
2
AVG0.291
8
Avg. Rank7


If the Cubs can keep this offense up while solidifying their rotation, they will be extremely difficult to beat.

The Big Z

Carlos Zambrano had a great game last night throwing some “bowling balls” as Dave Otto likes to call them. His sinker was really on and he held the fairly decent hitting Buckos to only one run through the rain at PNC Park. Zambrano gave up seven hits over eight innings striking out four and walking two. He lowered his ERA to 1.29 – something I like to see. Francis Beltran came in throwing his smoke to finish the game off with a double play in the ninth.