It's almost "deja vu" of 2009. In the first 21 games last year the Cubs were 10-11, this year is the same story at 10-11 after play on April 27. Now with a record of 11-13 going into May, the Cubs bats explode on the last day of April with the wind gusting out to left / left-center field. The only problem is, some days the Cubs bats explode and others the bats haven't been producing while the bullpen struggles.
The biggest issues on the table for the Cubs have been the bullpen which led to the Big Z switch and the clutch hitting which has become a cliche not only since last year, but in the six playoff games the Cubs have played in since Lou took the helm. Those issues beg the question: "will the pitching go south when the hitting comes around?" Or: "Will the Cubs be in too big of a hole in the standings when and if they do put things together and make a run?" Should Jim Hendry make a trade? Not necessarily unless Jim can find a solid middle relief guy... I'm not so sure about that.
My opinion is the Cubs have the talent there, they just need someone to step up and be the leader which I thought was going to be Kevin Millar but we all know what happened with that (and don't none of you dare say Mark DeRosa!).
There's my take on the first month of the season. Now let's vote for your favorite Cubs game from April of 2010!
What is your favorite Cubs game from 2010?
April 8: Cubs get first win on third try in Atlanta 2-0. (1 vote)
April 10: Cubs homer their way to a 4-3 win in Cincy. (1 vote)
April 12: Cubs beat Milwaukee in home opener 9-5. (7 votes)
April 14: Cubs show "shades" of 2008 with a big 2-out rally in 8th inning to beat Milwaukee 7-6. (55 votes)
April 16: Derrek Lee caps a 6-run seventh and Cubs beat Houston 7-2. (2 votes)
April 21: Carlos Silva gets plenty of run support for the Cubs only win at Citi Field 9-3. (1 vote)
April 23: Cubs set the tone (for a sweep) in Milwaukee for an 8-1 victory. (1 vote)
April 24: Uncle Ted makes a nice return and Big Z loses his shoe in his return to the bullpen. Cubs win 5-1 vs MIL. (19 votes)
April 25: Cubs bats explode to complete the sweep in Milwaukee 12-2. (26 votes)
April 26: It wasn't pretty, but a walk-off walk gets the job done in a wintry night in Chicago for a 4-3 win vs Washington. (2 votes)
April 30: Soriano delivers again on a "W" banner promotion day (remember last year vs. St.Louis?) and Cubs beat Arizona 11-5. (21 votes)
136 total votes