I was talking to somebody on Friday about the Atlanta/Cubs series. I told them that the Uptons were going to walk all over the Cubs. He agreed. You see, there isn’t much that people can argue about this year in regards to the Cubs. Last night, Atlanta won a close game by a walk-off from Justin Upton which was preceded by a game tying homer from his brother BJ.
Maybe I can go into the psychic business.
The Cubs don’t totally stink. They’ve got a potentially tricky team here. When Darwin Barney returns from his injuries, there’s no denying that the team of Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo is going to solidify any infield concerns the Cubs may face this year. Carlos Villanueva had a good game yesterday striking out six over 6 2/3rds innings. Not bad at all.
Speaking of Carlos(The Cubs have a Carlos fetish going on). Mr. Marmol has finally, I think, worn out his welcome in the Windy City.
Marmol now has served up five runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings in three games for a 27.00 ERA.
“We’re definitely going to talk about it now,” Sveum said about Marmol’s situation. “Fujikawa struggled, too. You’ve got Camp and Russell, who seem to be pretty efficient when they pitch. They’ve never had to do the last three outs of the game.”
Marmol maintains that there isn’t a problem, but statistics don’t lie and I think it’s time for a change in the closer role.
The Cubs need to win the rubber match game today in order to salvage any momentum this year. It’s a long season but beating these strong teams can and will provide confidence in this young Cubs team.
Stay tuned for an Opening Day preview tomorrow.