Notes from the weekend

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Photo by David Durocheck

The team definitely seemed to relish the opportunity to play the MLB-best Diamondbacks, and it’s easy to see why: Not only were the Cubs able to get some revenge for last year, but they also erased Arizona’s lead in the NL. After last night’s 12-3 win against San Diego, the Cubs find themselves in a three-way tie for the league’s best record at 23-15, with Florida and Arizona.

Arizona and San Diego, despite its awful start, looked awfully tough coming into this 10-game homestand. But after a 4-0 start and six games left against the Padres and Pirates, what are your expectations through next Sunday?

Turnaround Ted

Ted has turned it around after a poor first four starts, and after Friday’s win over Arizona, he explained some differences in the postgame press conference:

“I’ve been throwing the ball a little bit better. Obviously, I was happy with how I threw the ball today. I used my change-up more, my curveball still is not as sharp as I’d like it to be, but I was getting ahead and pitching, using the outside part of the plate more.

“I felt confident that I would [turn things around], and I knew that I had to. I expect myself to contribute to the club. We’ve got a pretty good team, and I know I have to do my part to help us win games.”

In numbers:

 

W-L

ERA

IP

H

ER

BB

K

HR

First 4

0-3

9.16

18.2

25

19

7

14

4

Last 4

3-1

2.42

26.0

17

7

9

25

3

Keep an eye out for the June issue of Vine Line, with Ted on the cover. The feature examines the seething intensity that lays under his even-keeled exterior.

Around the ballpark

This afternoon, Community Affairs hosts “Meet the Team, Have a Ball,” which allows fans to walk on the field and get autographs from the 2008 Cubs.

If you missed out on this event, be sure to look at the other great dates the Community Affairs department is putting on. Tour dates are available on weekends when the team is away, and the next program is the Sunday, June 15 “Hey Dad, Wanna Have a Catch?

You may not be able to take your Dad to a Cubs game this Father’s Day, but you actually can take him on the field to run the bases, sit in the dugouts and throw a ball around the outfield.

It goes to good causes, too: All proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and Cubs Care.

– Sean Ahmed

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