Tagged: Kerry Wood

Three in a Row!

The comeback kids do it again!

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                               Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune / June 20, 2009
For the third straight game the Cubs come back to claim a walk off victory.  Thursday, they erased a 5-1 deficit to beat the White Sox 6-5.  On Friday, they erased a 7-0 deficit and beat the Indians 8-7.  Yesterday, it was only a 5-4 deficit in the 13th inning.  It’s nice to see a little fight from the Men in Blue.  However, let’s hope our starting pitching isn’t going into the tank while the offense improves.
The one constant in each of these three comebacks has been Derrek Lee who is red hot.  Lee has homered four times in his last three games and has a 17 game hitting streak.  Finally.  A 17 game hitting streak?  Hmm, that means Gerald Perry was the hitting coach for at least 13 of those games.
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                     Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune / June 20, 2009
Another constant has been the emergenge of Andres Blanco as a major contributer in the Cubs late inning offense.
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The final constant has been Kerry Wood, the Indians bullpen, and the Indians infield defense. Oh, my God!  How must Eric Wedge feel know that you’ve got a seven run lead and you will likely lose the game?  It’s not just against the Cubs.  The Indians blew two five run leads in a game earlier this week versus the Brewers.  The 15-12 loss was capped off by a Prince Fielder grand slam.  That game, and the last two against the Cubs, are the signature games of the Indians 2009 season.  They tell exactly what has gone wrong for them.  The theme song of the 2009 Indians should be “Give it Away” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

O.K., Cubbies, you’re facing Jeremy Sowers today.  Sowers is 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA and has gotten to the sixth inning only once in his last seven starts.  There should be no need for a comeback win today.  Knock him out early.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!
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Does it still mean as much?

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Does this series mean that much anymore?  It seems like every year the teams split the head to head matchup anyhow.  This match up meant more when both teams were in the second division.  Then it was about city “bragging rights”.  I can recall an exchange between a Cubs fan and Sox fan I overheard at Wrigley about ten years ago when I went to one of these battles.  The Cubs fan said “Sox suck!”  The Sox fan came back with “Cubs suck”.  The Cubs fan, left with nothing else, shrugged his shoulders and simply said “I know”.  The best thing about the crosstown showdown is seeing all the T-shirts poking fun at each team being sold outside the stadium.  There are some funny ones.  Since the Sox won the World Series in ’05, city “bragging rights” doesn’t seem to mean as much.  That’s just my opinion.  Sure, Ozzie tries to ruffle the North Sider’s feathers by saying that every time he comes to Wrigley he pukes.  Well, not every team can be blessed with a state of the art facility that despite being less than twenty years old, has already been renovated.  Lou says nothing, of course, because he has no answers right now.  Doesn’t it seem like Lou is just counting his days in Chicago, playing out his contract.  Rumor has it the Yankees want to hire him as a consultant.  Hmm…consult for the Yankees or deal with Milton Bradley for two more years?
Was the Cubs power display in the eight inning yesterday a sign of good things to come or a result of Scott Linebrink throwing batting practice?
With the Indians coming to town today, I propose we trade Milton Bradley and the Gatorade Machine for Mark DeRosa and Kerry Wood.
Judging by the weather today, today’s game may be in jeopardy.  The Cubs have about four or five rain outs to make up already.  That’s not good because they won’t have too many off days in the second half.  As the All-Star game nears, the Cubs enter the make or break portion of their schedule.  At 31-31, the Cubs are now closer to last place then they are to first or second place.  Before the break the Cubs have to play three with Cleveland (don’t sleep on Cleveland, they can score runs and the Cubs can’t), one makeup game with the Braves, three with the first place Tigers, three with the White Sox, three with the Pirates (only two games behind the Cubs right now), four with the Brewers, three with the Braves, and four with the Cardinals.  If the Cubs play well in this stretch, they’ll be fine.  If they don’t, they’ll be done.
I’m looking forward to today’s match up of Cliff Lee vs. Rich Harden.  That is, if they play.