Cubs show reason not to give up

The Cubs managed to avoid a sweep and more embarrassment as Rich Harden pitched a gem of a game against the Padres.  Harden only allowed a hit in seven frames. 

The best part of it is that Cubs came through with some offense too.  Milton Bradley and Aramis Ramirez both banged out homers for the good guys. 

Bradley, though he gets a lot of flack, has improved over the season.  His second half number are looking a whole lot better.  Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting .301 and perhaps more importantly, his OBP is .431. 

Wednesday’s win is just one game, yes, but I think if it was a loss, we’d be seeing a whole lot more about the Cubs in today’s sport columns.  And it wouldn’t be a fun read.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been calls already by the sports media for this season’s demise for the Cubs .  Some of it probably fueled by GM Jim Hendry’s statement to the press that sounded almost apologetic:

”If things don’t go well, certainly it’s my responsibility.  ‘That being said, we’ve got a real good team. We just haven’t played up to our capabilities. It’s kind of a mystery to all of us. We’ve got a lot of guys that have hit their whole lives who haven’t hit. We’ve done a very, very poor job all year of hitting with men on base. So it’s frustrating.

Before Cub fans start pushing the panic button, they should consider this:

  • The Cubs have a winning record in the second half of 2009 UNLIKE the first half.
  • It was not two weeks ago that the Cubs finished their best run of the season when they went 14-6.
  • The Cubs remaining schedule is full of teams they can beat up on.  Washington, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St Louis (yeah, I said it, St Louis)

Right now though, the Cubs need to focus on the here and now.  And the here and now is the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Tom Gorzelanny will be facing Jeff Weaver tonight. 

Interesting pre-game stat:  Aaron Miles is 6 for 15 lifetime against Weaver. 

Go Cubs!

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