By Doug Halberstadt
The Cubs’ first series season sweep could not have come at a better time. They completed the three-game series sweep this past weekend against their Central Division rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs had lost five of their prior six games before invading Miller Park, sometimes referred to at Wrigley Field North. In the three games, Cubs’ pitching held Brewers’ batters to just four runs.
Combined with the timely good pitching, the Cubs’ bats finally came out of storage. They scored a total of 25 runs in the three games. Tyler Colvin, Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto and Derrek Lee all knocked home runs in Sunday’s (April 25) game. It was the first time this year the team has hit four homers in a game. The last time they accomplished that feat was July 24 last year against the Cincinnati Reds.
The three-game win streak is the perfect way for the team to head into their current seven-game home stand. They play three consecutive games against the improved Washington Nationals beginning Monday (April 26), and then follow that series up with four straight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
I fully realize it’s way too early in the season to draw any real conclusions about any team in the majors, let alone the perennial enigmatic team from the North Side of Chicago. Right now, things seem to be on the right track for the Cubs.
The Cubs have given their fans something to hang their hats on during these final days of the first month of the season. The pitching is starting to live up to pre-season predictions, and the hitting is starting to mirror the rising spring temperatures. They both are heating up right on schedule. Their defense is among the best in the league. They have committed a total of 16 errors in their 19 games.
Now, it’s up to them to keep up the momentum. In the words of their theme song, “Hey, Chicago, what do you say?”
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the April 28-May 4, 2010 issue