Cubs In Haiku: Double Your Pleasure

Cubs In Haiku: Double Your Pleasure

Wood's pitching? Stellar.
Gets one of six Cubs doubles
Eighth quality start

 

The Cubs returned home from a weekend road trip and completely dominated the Rockies, scoring 9 times to notch their third straight win. Travis Wood was virtually untouchable, giving up just 2 hits through 7 innings and helping himself with an RBI double in the Cubs 3-run second inning. It was Wood's eighth straight quality start to open the season - something no Cubs pitcher has accomplished since Hippo Vaughn in 1919.

In a rare occurrence for the Cubs, the offense was as good as the pitching on Monday night. Alfonso Soriano set the pace with a 2-run shot onto Waveland in the first inning, and with six doubles (including 3 in the second inning and 2 by Wellington Castillo) the Cubs now lead major league baseball with 87 2-base hits. Cubs fans were no doubt surprised to see this tweet during the Cubs 3-run rally in the second:

Given the Cubs dismal record (16-22, fourth worst in the league) it might surprise you to learn that Cubs pitchers have 23 quality starts in 36 games with a WHIP of 1.90 in those games. Carrie Muskat provided the stat that explains this discrepancy:

 

But the Cubs offense came to play last night, batting .333 with RISP and turning 2 double plays. The Rockies only managed to put 1 runner in scoring position, and a ninth-inning home run off Carlos Marmol accounted for the lone Colorado run.

Carlos Villanueva will take the mound at 7:05 Tuesday night as the  Cubs try to extend their winning streak to a season-long four games.

 

 

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