Always get my rocks off when I'm dreamin. Cubs 9 Rockies 1

Always get my rocks off when I'm dreamin. Cubs 9 Rockies 1

Feeding off the good vibes from a weekend series win over the Nationals and the front office locking up one of it's stars, the Cubs got in a groove and let the good times roll at Wrigley tonight, moon-pounding the Rockies 9-1 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs jumped on Rockies starter Juan Nicasio like sugared up children on Grandma's couch. Alfonso Soriano hit a two run homer in the first inning that was hit so hard it hurt Nicasio's feelings. The Cubs would add three more in the next inning on two doubles by Travis Wood and Starlin Castro. Meanwhile the Rockies, who somehow are above .500, could only scratch out 2 hits against Travis Wood. They would however get a Jeff Rutledge homer off of mop up man Carlos Marmol. Yay for them. But this was laugher. Make me a Bicycle Clown.....

IS A HIPPOPOTAMUS A HIPPOPOTAMUS, OR JUST A REALLY COOL POTAMUS?

Travis Wood had his 8th straight quality start. The result ties him with pitcher Hippo Vaughn for most quality starts to start a season by a Cub pitcher. That's how awesome Travis Wood has been. He's being compared to pitchers with really cool nicknames like "Hippo". He might not be Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, but he's been nothing short of sensational. 2 hits and 3 walks through 7 innings. His confidence is at an all time high. It's like he expects this to happen. Good stuff. Tsunami James came on for the 8th and while Marmol did ruin the shut out, he threw lots of strikes and was efficient mopping up the 9th.

ONE OF THESE DAYS ALICE.....BANG ZOOM TO THE MOON

Soriano's home run was really really cool. CarGo didn't even move in left field. Just looked up. Thing might have even landed past Waveland, where some stupid Ballhawk probably ran over a 10 year old kid to retrieve the ball. With each home run I hope that it leads to one of Sori's "Streaks". He is hitting .280 which is pretty good. But that .404 slugging is really low, and it's time he jacked that up. See what I did there?......jacked? Home run Joke , see I took......you know what? Let's move on.

IMAGINE ME AND YOU AND YOU AND ME......

In the 7th, Starlin Castro singled to left, then went to third on a single from Anthony Rizzo. It was really pretty to watch. Then I thought. I get to see those for the next 6 years at least. and I just smiled. As if that wasn't cool enough in the 8th inning.....Castro walked.

Nice to have a game that was such a landslide for the Cubs you not only didn't have to dig to find the positives, you had to actually guard against getting over optimistic from the results. Still, that's 3 in a row. And Jeff "I will find you and I will kill you" Francis and his 6.90 ERA take the bump tomorrow against the Moose-tache Carlos Villanueva. If it's all the same to the Cubs I'd like to see this winning thing continued. Onwards.

 

Box score.

 

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    I tend to obsess over draft position, but I can't help but to enjoy this.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I'm loving this. The Cubs are playing good baseball and I think they have for the most part since that series where they got swept by the Reds.

    This is not a 100 loss team. The pitching is too good, the defense has improved, and the team actually has good pop at the plate. The missing piece right now is better OBP.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Exactly - this was never going to be a 100-Win team,... but they were never as bad as they looked from just looking at the W/L columns.

    There were several games in the first few weeks where either a routine play got booted,.... or a member of the bullpen imploded,... and we could have very easily picked up a win instead of a loss. A few breaks early on,.... one or two less Marmol/Camp/Other blown saves or holds,.... this could be a 0.500 team.

    Will say - regardless - unlike teams from last year or the year before - the almost never seem completely out of a game - and they never look like they have given up. Something that couldn't have been said the last several years.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    To be fair, last years team wasn't a 100 loss team either until they traded Dempster and Maholm, Garza got injured, and they shut down Samardzjia.

  • I hope this a start of a hot streak for Sori and Castro. It seems like everyone has put up good numbers except them.

    Also, the Cubs could have a a nice streak if they can somehow beat Harvey when we get to the Mets.

  • It's definitely looked like a new team this past week to ten days. A little more consistency with the bats and this could be a lot of fun....

  • Always a great read Felzz

    I really enjoy watching this team, I went into this series against the rockies thinking, we are going to sweep this guys, we(Cubs) are too good! top 3 in HomeRuns, number 1 in extra base hits, and I believe still top 3 in ERA for starting pitchers, not to mention we had the "best pitcher in baseball pitching today". I also believe hitter have the lowest batting average against Cubs starters(or top 3 again). Plus I really feel this bullpen will come together very nicely and be a strong part of this sleeping Giant we have brewing over here(especially when Garza comes up and I'm guessing Carlos Vilanueva joins the pen, We also have Fujikawa and the New Wild Thing closing out games. The Cubs continue adding prospects and building the organization and farm system from the ground up, they will add more money than they already have always had being a big market team, and I love seeing what they have already done w Castro and Rizzo, That's how a Great team is built, (paying homegrown talent that has become your core) I include Rizzo in there since he has always been a Theo/Ned guy and did spend time in Cubs Minor leagues. I am just excited, i'll shut up now and leave the open mic for someone else, it is just "aweseom when a plan comes together" Cubs will be the ATeam one day ;) .... drops the mic, steps off stage...

  • In reply to Nik0522:

    Cubs are 3rd in starters ERA, 2nd in starters WHIP and 3rd in quality starts by starters(23 QS out of 39 games-Cubs are 9-14 when there starters give them a quality start, shows how bad the BP has been). With a healthy Fujikawa and a consistent Gregg, this team does have a chance, providing there starters continue to hold up.

  • dang, my post again said "thanks for your comment, has to be checked by authorizer" or something like that... :/

  • In reply to Nik0522:

    That seems to be a glitch. The comments do appear eventually and nobody really has to approve them. It even happens to me -- and I'm the moderator!

  • I thought the Nats series was fun to watch.... this was even better.

  • Yeah! Excellent reference to a pretty bitchin' Stones song!

  • Love the Stones reference! Will this comment have to be approved, too?

  • In reply to JoePepitone:

    I think it's a glitch in the system. The comments do eventually get posted, they're just delayed a bit.

    If I had to approve every comment I think I'd lose my mind!

  • Sorry. I was impatient.

  • In reply to JoePepitone:

    lol i was too with mine...

  • "The Cubs jumped on Rockies starter Juan Nicasio like sugared up children on Grandma's couch." Pure gold, Jerry -- pure gold!

  • When will Darwin Barney stop swinging like that, with the horrible one-hand release from a soft-uppercut? I got news for him. It don't work! He looks silly.

    If he spent more time cultivating patience and sticking with his older, contact swing, he could at least put up .280/.330 with 5 or 6 homers a year, which is a lovely compliment to a gold glove.

  • Looking at the 4 good starters ERA's, knowing that Garza and Baker haven't even returned yet, has me somewhat optimistic. If Kyuji and Marmol do what they did tonight, good things could be ahead.

  • Wow, but for 3 of those blown Marmol saves, we're at .500. Sure that's coulda, woulda, shoulda, but I'm liking this team. Can't wait for Garza.

  • The last two games have to make you smile. I feel like this team is primed for a decent run here. While it still seems like certain pieces are under performing offensively (Barney, Soriano, Hairston, even Castro), we're still getting good production lately. Perhaps Francis will be just the lefty to get those guys going....

  • Yeah... The Stones references might be getting turned up with their return to Chicago a few weeks away. I'm going June 3rd with my dad. It'll be his 15th Stones show.

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    If this team is going to prove to everyone they're better than their record, this is the month to do it. After a brutal start, they've got a pretty favorable schedule through the end of May. Play like this until draft day, and they just might keep everyone around through the trade deadline. That 2-1 win over Nationals might just be the turning point game of the season.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I totally agree about yesterday. That was about as sound a game as you can play, and it came just before the schedule eased up. The team has to be feeling it right now.

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    In reply to Denim Dan:

    What really impressed me is they found a way to win a game they had no business winning. Feldman all over the place in the first inning. Runners second and third with one out -- and both stranded there. Then the Nationals have a perfect game going through five innings. And, yet, the Cubs win the game. That's the kind of game we''re used to being on the losing end of -- but never the winning end.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Yes! I said the exact same thing to my brother yesterday. All the way down to the luck of Suzuki throwing that ball off the back of Castillo's bat in the ninth. We're supposed to be the team that gets surprised by that double steal and makes an errant throw. Instead, an aging Soriano is trotting home and we hang on. Loved it.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Indeed-but give Feldman credit, he toughed out a rough first inning , then completely shut down the Nats O thereafter. I have to admit, Feldman and Wood have both exceeded my expectations so far, if not for poor bullpen performance the Cubs would be over .500 and likley challenging for the division lead.

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    And who thinks Dusty is looking at what Travis Wood is doing and thinking: "Clearly he should be throwing a lot more pitches every start. Wish he was here so I could show people that throwing 140 pitches three games in a row isn't too many."

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    That's what he did the first time he had him -- and some think it's the reason why he dropped off the next year -- which in turn, allowed the Cubs to acquire him for one year of Sean Marshall. Had he not dropped off his second year, I doubt they would have made him available.

    So thanks Dusty for setting off that chain of events.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I think we can officially score that trade as a win for Theo/Jed.

  • In reply to Denim Dan:

    Agreed. Although I wouldn't call it a total loss for the Reds. Marshall has been a good pitcher for them.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Both teams got what they needed; it really was the stereotypical trade that helped both sides. Having said that, if the Reds had it to do over again, I'm sure they'd try to include guys other than Travis Wood and Roni Torreyes. ("You *totally* want Billy Hamilton. Look how fast he is! And he knows how to hit and get on base!")

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    And, as I look, Billy Hamilton has actually started hitting. Oops.

  • Mitch Hedberg reference!!!! Outstanding. A very, very cool Potamus!

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    That comment had me holding my sides laughing.

  • I got to give a lot of credit to Bosio this year. He's done a lot more with our starting pitchers than we could have expected.

  • If the Cubs continue at this pace, they will wind up with 98 wins for the season......

    sad to see grown up men chasing down HR balls and knocking over little kids on Waveland......

    I hope all you guys out there sent Roses to your Mother ......but just like Derrick, they will not show up until next season.....

    even with Rose, Deng, Henrich out, the Heat seems still to struggle......we should appreciate how good our MJ Bulls teams were......Pacers and Memphis in the Finals...

    15 Stones concerts fro Felzz dad....must be connected to some type of annual alumni weed smoking reunion.......does he move like Jagger?

    Everyday I wake up and say, "I can't believe Kevin Gregg is back with us."

  • The wind will likely be blowing out the next 2 games. Mr Francis is due for yet another introduction to Waveland Ave on the fly.

  • BTW, gents, has anyone noticed that tsunami Fukijawa hasnt given up any runs since coming off the DL?

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