Okay, we've had our time to vent, remain positive, jump out the window, complain about the fans. But baseball has begun for the day and we've got a game starting in less than 6 hours. So lets talk about game two.
I think its safe to say that this is as close to a must win as it gets without it being an elimination game. IMO there are a few keys to this game.
- Key #1: Carlos Zambrano. Those who expect Carlos to go out and pitch the game of his life have reason to be confident. Those who expect Carlos to implode or simply not have great stuff also have reason to believe so. But quite simply put, Carlos Zambrano will go a long way to determining the outcome of this game. If he goes out, remains poised, and has his good stuff going then the Cubs offense could remain anemic and the Cubs could still win. On the other hand, if we see bad Carlos, the offense is going to need to get to work.
- Key #2: I wish I could say that there was one hitter that was the key, but there isn't. The Cubs need to get guys on base and get them home. Yes, this is obvious but its something the Cubs tend to struggle with, especially the "get them home" part. The Cubs cannot be swinging for the fences from the first pitch. They cannot sit back and wait for the 3-run HR. Alfonso Soriano could go a long way to setting the offensive tone positively if he can get on base but I really think that Ramirez and Soto are going to have to deliver.
Other thoughts and keys to game two?