Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cubs Win 2 in a Row, Big Z Blow Up

The nice thing about dumping expectations for the season is that I don't have to be concerned about what happened at Wrigley today, I can just enjoy the entertainment. The Cubs have won two straight games against the Pirates and now sit a game above .500 at 23-22. 

New roster additions Jake Fox and Andres Blanco both had two out RBI doubles in the eighth inning after Reed Johnson broke a 2-2 tie with one out in that inning. Clutch hitting is a wonderful thing to see, so is great pitching which is what the Cubs got out of Big Z, Angel Guzman, and Carlos Marmol today. 

On to the Big Z ejection, first of all I loved it. While I don't enjoy the suspension that will most likely come of it, more on that in a minute, I love that Z cares so much. From his vantage point I can understand why Z thought the runner was out, and why he argued with such fire. Z couldn't see Morgan's left hand sneak in right before the tag, because it happened right behind him. This team needed somebody to blow up, and I'm glad Z got his moneys worth. The issue will be the suspension that MLB will surely give Z because of supposed contact with the home plate umpire. The home plate umpire bumped into Zambrano first, and Z pushed back, which means if anybody should be facing discipline for making contact, its the umpire. Now if they want to give him a few days off for throwing his glove and the ball, fine, but don't justify the suspension based on contact with an umpire.

In other news the Cubs made three roster moves today, two good and one kind of disappointing. Coming up to the Cubs are Jake Fox, Andres Blanco, and Jason Waddell. Down go Bobby Scales and Neal Cotts. Scales because of his illness and Cotts because he sucks. In the best news of the day Aaron Miles was moved to the 15-day DL with shoulder stiffness, enjoy two weeks of Miles free baseball Cubs fans!

With the Dodgers coming into town, I'll be thrilled with a split, especially since Dumpster pitches one of the games. 

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