Are the Chicago Cubs going to sweep the New York Mets? I think they are. With the exception of winning the World Series there’s not a lot I think the Cubs can’t do. If it weren’t for the fact Cincinnati was beating everyone that they play I would give the Cubs an outside shot at getting back in the race, but alas the Reds are beating everyone and I’m not so sure they won’t win the World Series.
Spencer Fordin has posted an article on the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Oh my Starlin: Mets must deal with Cubs rookie.”
Castro took some guff from Carlos Zambrano about a bad combo-play at second and home yesterday. Somebody should have reminded “Big Z” that he was also the beneficiary of some hitting from this very good player. Barring injury I suspect we will remember Castro much longer than we remember Zambrano.
As for today the Cubs are going to be sending Ryan Dempster, (12-9, 3.71 ERA), against the Mets’ Jon Niese, (8-7, 3.70). The Mets are currently 66-70 compared to the Cubs 59-77 but the Cubs have been gaining.
While the pitchers seem about equal it gets a little different when you compare them against the specific teams. Jon Niese is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA against the Cubs and Dempster is 9-3 with a 5.10 ERA against the Mets.
All things considered I do have to give the game to the Cubs. The team is on a streak under Mike Quade at 8-3. Further the players are hitting not the least being Castro. Additionally though, the Mets have not been hitting well. They have been failing to get base runners home.
It is a shame that the most fun part of the season has had to be the end when there is little hope for the team to do anything other than play spoiler.
However, Starlin Castro can continue to do a lot of good. He had 41 hits in August which was the most since the 43 hits posted by Ernie Banks his rookie year.
If Castro gets another multi-hit game today it will send folks to the record books again.
Get ’em out!
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Spencer Fordin, “Oh my Starlin: Mets must deal with Cubs rook”