Yet, even after ten games in a row, the White Sox would be really remiss to not extend this thing to 12 with the pitching remaining as hot as it is, Carlos Quentin having apparently rejoined the team (even if he's still a walking calamity in right field: -13.5 UZR), and the Cubs bursting at the seams just like...
Zambrano obviously isn't going to be affecting the series again barring him leaping out of the stands and attacking Derrek Lee with a Honzo sword at some point during the next two days, but frustration is still written all over this squad. Slammed bats, argued calls, and lackadaisical effort is such prevalent behavior on the North-Side team that it's easy to forget that they probably match the Sox for talent, if not exceed. Even with fairly solid starters in the next few games in Dempster and Silva, the tension and frustration is palpable in the opposing dugout, and there's no reason to forestall the complete meltdown ending in panicky purging trades that the Cubs clearly have coming at some point this season. We've got these big, scary claws, and it's time to kill the bunny.
Before I go off to celebrate the birthday of the biggest drinker I know, some time should be taken to acknowledge how thoroughly Jake Peavy shredded the Cubs line-up Friday afternoon. Sure 7 innings, 3 hits, and 9 strikeouts sound impressive, but Jake absolutely ripped the heart out of the Cubs lineup. Byrd, Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano, the 3-4-5-6 hitters in the order went 1-15 with 8 K. Runs are typically hard to come by when the middle of your order is getting eviscerated, piledrived, double-dumped (I'm reaching for terms at this point). More than his gutsy effort last Saturday where Jake appeared to get by on sheer grit, THIS is the Jake Peavy we all hoped for; an overpowering and cocksure menace......ok, so his stuff leveled off in the later innings and he was lucky to get out scoreless, whatever, he was great.
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