Z Is Not Perfect After All

Cubs 3 Astros 8

Although the post season hopes for the Cubs ended weeks ago, the Astros officially eliminated the Cubs from the playoffs today. Zambrano could not hold down the Astros' offense and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits in 6 1/3 innings before the rain came.

Before the 1 hour 28 minute rain delay, the Cubs could not get the offense started. Dusty not only played Macias, but hit him in the lead off spot. Macias went 0-4. I bet you Ryan Theriot could have done that. One of the many differences between the 2 teams today, were the Astros' top 2 hitters. Taveras and Biggio went a combined 4 for 7 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBI's and a walk. Needless to say Morgan Ensberg (#3 hitter) had a big day as well. On the other hand, Macias and Perez went a combined 1 for 8 with 1 run scored. One of the major changes that must take place in the offseason is for the Cubs to find a leadoff hitter. The Cubs were held to only 4 hits today. Nomar had a nice 2 run home run, but that was really it.

With today's loss the Cubs fall to 3 games under .500 with 7 left to play. I cannot believe the season is almost over...feels like I was just at Spring Training.

Sunday - Jerome Williams(5-9/4.39) vs. Andy Pettitte(17-9/2.45)

Andy Pettitte has never beaten the Cubs and I hope that streak continues. Dusty has to mix up the line up tomorrow in order to win. Pettitte is a great veteran pitcher, but maybe the kids do not know that yet...and....well maybe the Cubs could use that to their advantage. While I was listening to the rain delay, one of he ESPN guys mentioned that Chipper Jones of the Braves is showing up to the park in a better mood than he ever has with the Braves. When asked, Jones replied it is because the team is playing well and all the young players are great to be around. Young players are great to be around? Does anyone have Dusty's email address? The kids are the Cubs only shot at having a winning season....

Play young, play smart, be patient...and beat the (blankin') Astros!!!


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