Sunday, July 30, 2006


Where has this been all year? On Sunday afternoon National League Cy Young candidate Carlos Zambrano led the Chicago Cubs to a 4 game sweep against the Cardinals.

Anything can happen in the old game of baseball. Over the past week, the Chicago Cubs have awaken from their season long slumber to play their best ball of the season. Ironically they have done this against two of the National League's best teams. The Northsiders took two of three from the Mets earlier this week and followed that up with the sweep of the rival Redbirds. This week will probably end up being the highlight in a season full of new lows.

The Cubs last recorded a 4 game sweep of the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in 1972. So in a season that has Cubdom shaking it's collective head, here's something else to make us wonder about the team. Why has this team played so well in the NL Central, but so bad against the NL East and NL West? What impact did Jim Hendry's announcement that Baker will finish out the season have on the team?

Still there's something great about beating the Redbirds and LaRussa. Friday's game even had the beanball fireworks we have come accustomed to in the Baker/LaRussa era of the Cards/Cubs rivalry. If Hard Bake is managing his last few months in Chicago, he can hang his hat on the fact that this team didn't least against the Redbirds and Muts.

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