It's official: the Cubs are firmly in the midst of an extended stretch of good baseball. While they slowed down a bit after their seven-game winning streak, they still managed to take two of three from the Nationals and followed that up with two of three from the Braves, including two in a row after The Zambrano Game, making them 11-3 over their last 14. Just as importantly, they pulled out a victory on Thursday when I had bet on them in Vegas, so on the field, the week was a success.
Unfortunately, Carlos Zambrano managed to single-handedly turn the week sour when he pulled some on-the-field high jinks and continued to embarrass himself after crossing the foul line and heading into the clubhouse. While this recent stretch had briefly allowed us to forget the absolute mess that is the Cubs organization, Zambrano reminded us that the team has many issues to address, he being the biggest, loudest and most childish of them all.
Ryno of the Week: While he had just 13 at-bats during the week, Reed Johnson made the most of them as he piled up nine hits and two RBI. His average is up to .353 for the year.
Honorable mention: Starlin Castro, who is pulling away in the race for most hits in the NL after Jose Reyes went down with an injury. He had seven more this week.
Goat of the Week: Perhaps there has never been a more obvious winner in this category: Carlos Zambrano, who allowed five home runs on Friday, got ejected after throwing at Chipper Jones, threatened to retire, emptied his locker, and is now in danger of losing a month's worth of playing time as well as salary. I'm with Jon Greenberg, as I'm sure most of us are: Z's gotta go, one way or another.
Dishonorable mention: Geovany Soto, who was just 1-for-17 on the week.