A season of small tweaks and big results
Everyone in the front office was buzzing today after yesterday’s win over the Nationals put the team 30 games over .500, with the best record in the majors.
DeRo with homers in four straight games (and a career-high 18) … Geovany finding the bleachers for his 19th home run, tying a franchise record for a rookie catcher … Harden throwing 109 pitches over seven innings, allowing just a solo home run.
And perhaps topping it all was Kosuke slugging a pinch-hit, no-doubt home run down the rightfield line. He said after the game that what made him feel so good about the home run was how much it mattered to his teammates.
Interesting tidbit from Pat and Ron yesterday: Kosuke worked with Lou and hitting coach Gerald Perry on his swing this weekend. They recommended he spread his feet a little more so that he doesn’t have to take such a large stride for his swing. The hope was to help him shorten his swing. Sure enough, yesterday’s home run stroke on Steven Shell’s 2-0 pitch looked pretty compact …
Some around the office have argued that this team reminds them most of the 1984 Cubs. What do you think?
Right-hander Jeff Karstens (2-2, 2.25 ERA) pitches for Pittsburgh. It’s the second time the Cubs will have faced Karstens since the Pirates acquired him from the Yankees in July. Let’s also hope this time is better than the first: Karstens threw six shutout innings Aug. 1 despite allowing nine baserunners.
Did you know?
Yesterday’s victory gave the Cubs eight straight series wins. …
The Cubs pitching staff became the first to 1,000 strikeouts on Saturday on Ryan Dempster’s second-inning strikeout. The team has led the majors in strikeouts for seven consecutive seasons (since 2001). …
The team’s +175 run differential is tops in the majors by over 60 runs.