Six and counting for the Cubs here at the end of the season. Figures they start playing well when I was on vacation and not really paying attention to what they were doing night in and night out.
With 13 games remaining and a record of 68-81, the Cubs can now avoid a 90-loss season by winning just 5 more games. 3 weeks ago, I would have said that that would be impossible. But now, they really have a good chance to do it.
Let’s take a look at the great pitching that has helped the Cubs during this 6-game winning streak.
Jeff Samardzija won twice – 5-1 over the Cards (0 ER on 6 hits and 4 walks in 5 2/3 innings with 1 K) and 13-3 over the Marlins (3 ER on 3 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings with 4 K’s).
Carlos Zambrano picked up his 5th win in a row with a 7-3 win over the Cards last week. Big Z gave up just 1 ER on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings with 3 K’s. He is now 6-0 in 8 starts since returning to the Cubs starting rotation back on August 9th.
Ryan Dempster may have had the best start of any Cubs pitcher during the streak. In Friday’s 2-0 win over the Marlins in Miami, Dempster tossed 7 scoreless innings, giving up just 4 hits and 3 walks with 5 K’s. He picked up his 14th win and lowered his WHIP to 1.29 and his ERA to 3.50.
And let’s not forget about Closer Carlos Marmol. He is up to 32 saves and has made it 12 for 12 in save chances since he last blew a save back on August 20th. He has lowered his WHIP to 1.22 and his ERA to 2.78. In his 10 September appearances, Marmol has walked just 6 batters.
Tyler Colvin Update — A broken bat punctured Colvin’s chest in Sunday win’s win as he scored from 3rd base. Colvin needed sutures to close the wound and remains hospitalized to ensure that he won’t suffer a collapsed lung from the incident. Colvin’s productive season is now done — .254 batting average; .316 on-base percentage; 20 HR’s; 56 RBI’s; & 60 runs scored. He racked up 100 K’s in 358 at-bats while walking just 30 times.
Cubs have their final homestand at Wrigley Field this week – 3 games against the San Francisco Giants followed by 3 games against the St. Louis Cardinals.