Monday, April 09, 2007

Welcome to the Home Opener

We’re six games into the season and the Cubs have a record of 3-3. It’s still very early, but there have been some good things and some bad things that have happened so far.

Overall, the pitching has been good to very good. Carlos Zambrano looked rough in his first out, losing to the Reds on Opening Day 5-1. Ted Lilly, Jason Marquis, and Rich Hill all looked terrific in their first starts of the season. Lilly and Hill each earned a win. Marquis deserved a win, but ended up with a no decision. Wade Miller looked really bad, as he lost to the Brewers 9-4.

The offense has looked just about as potent as expected. They’ve scored four or more runs in four of their six games. Obviously this is a small sample size, but so far, so good.

I’ve talked about this before, but the key to a successful season is to win series. On that account, the Cubs are 1-1. Win 2-out-of-3 in the three games series and don’t do any worse than splitting the two and four game series, and the season will take care of itself.

And that brings us to the Cubs home opener today against the Houston Astros. Ted Lilly will be on the mound for the good guys and Woody Williams will be going for the ‘Stros. Houston is in last place in the NL Central with a record of 1-5.

Go Cubs!


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