The New York Mets are coming to Chicago for a Labor Day weekend series. The Cubs have been playing much better baseball, so it should be a hard-fought trio of games. The Cubs will have their hands full, howeve,r with reinvigorated pitcher R.A. Dickey.
John Schiegel has posted an article at the Cubs’ website titled “Mets face better brand of baseball from Cubs.”
Ever since Mike Quade has taken over from Lou Piniella last week, the Cubs have been playing better, even inspired baseball. They are having fun, and have won two of three series, only losing the one to powerhouse Cincinnati.
There are two players in the game who have been exhibiting success. For the Cubs, it is Starlin Castro. Castro had 41 hits in August. This was the first type of hit production for a rookie since Ernie Banks, and Banks was older than Castro. Castro is quite amazing. He has, along with his hitting prowess, an astounding arm from the shortstop position.
The other key player is Mets’ pitcher R.A. Dickey who, at age 35, has become extremely effective. He is a knuckleballer who is boasting an ERA of 2.57. This is over two points lower than his career ERA of 4.77.
R.A. Dickey (9-5, ERA 2.57) will be facing the Cubs’ Randy Wells (6-12, ERA 4.50), so it would seem that the Mets have the edge when it comes to pitching. Further, they are coming off of a win against Atlanta 4-2. They will get some hitting help because Angel Pagan and Jose Reyes will rejoin the batting order.
Again, it all seems to favor the Mets. However, the Cubs have been riding a wave of momentum since Quade took over from Piniella. The Cubs too are coming off of a win against the Pirates, who have been their nemesis this year, and Wells has begun to do a little better. All Cubs’ pitchers are doing a little better in part because they are getting offensive help now from hitters.
I wish Schiegel hadn’t mentioned it, but he did; the Cubs are 6-15 on Fridays. While I’m not a big believer in those types of statistics, they sometimes seem to fall into play, sort of like “The Goat.”
I think the Cubs will add to the six-game statistic.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, John Schiegel, “Mets face better brand of baseball from Cubs”