This one's going to be quick because I have a plane to catch this morning, to get to Wrigley Field by game time. Looks like it's going to be a gorgeous summer day at the ballpark, and a chance to sweep an entire 7-game homestand. Yes, win today and that WILL be seven in a row.
The Cubs are 35-21. There have been only 11 Cub teams in history with a better record over the first 56 games (since 1900):
1907, 44-121918, 39-171906, 39-171969, 37-18 (one tie)1910, 37-191977, 37-191909, 37-191903, 36-201904, 35-19 (one tie)1911, 35-19 (one tie)1908, 35-20
That's five pennant winners (1906-07-08-10-18), a second-place team that won over 100 games (1909), three second-place teams that won over 90 (1904, 1911, 1969), a second-place team that went 82-56 (1903), and the outlier, 1977. We shall see where this year goes, but right now it looks pretty darn good.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2008 - Sean Gallagher||2-1||6||4||0||0||0||0||26.0||26||13||13||2||10||17||4.50||1.38|
|2008 - Ubaldo Jimenez||1-5||11||11||0||0||0||0||58.2||67||40||35||3||33||48||5.37||1.70|
Ubaldo Jimenez has been bad this year. Ubaldo Jimenez has been bad in two career starts against the Cubs (0-1, 8.31, and that includes this October 1, 2006 game in which he actually pitched well). He hasn't faced any current Cub more than four times; Jim Edmonds has a double (in 3 AB) and Aramis Ramirez a HR (in 3 AB).
Sean Gallagher threw exceptionally well in his last start. If he can keep this going, he will quell a lot of the "GETANOTHERSTARTERNOW!!!1!!" talk that's been going around this site. He has never started against the Rockies; his only career appearance was last August 11, when he did some mopup work in a game the Cubs were losing 7-2 in the 7th. Click on the link to see how poorly he did. However, no one he will face today had more than 1 AB vs. Gallagher that day.
Today's game is on CSN and on broadcast TV in Denver and at the MLB.com Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)
Today's 1st overflow comment thread will post at 2:30 pm CT and the 2nd overflow thread at 3:30 pm CT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.