Cubs 70-67, +0.5
Dodgers 73-56, -3.0
POTG: 1B Darryl Ward (2 H, 2B, R, RBI)
Runner Up: 2B Mark DeRosa (2 H), RP Kevin Hart (2 IP, 0 R + 1 IHR (of 3), H, BB, 3 K)
I’m not sure if you’ve heard me say this before, but NO POWER = NO WINS. Two doubles on the night, compared to 4 double plays. That’s not good! The offensive would’ve been better off with 4 more fly outs than what they got. It was nice that they were taking walks, but they’re not going to win with an offense like this.
Trachsel gets the L, but he rally gave them the line they were kinda hoping for when they grabbed him – 6 IP, 3 R (on a Marshall-like 82 pitches.) This was a marked improvement over his last Cubs start – 3.1 IP, 8 R for his 18th loss of the season. I guess 7 years between starts does a body good.
I’m going to guess the Cubs go with a six man rotation for the next week, to keep Marshall fresh and keep Trachsel on pace to pitch the double header next weekend. They’ll figure out the rest after.
Wood and Ohman were pretty horrid. I think Wuertz has slipped back ahead of Kerry in the depth chart, and Ohman might be well buried for the rest of the season. He might get another shot just because they need a lefty, but I wouldn’t either be surprised to see him bypassed for one of the younger lefties. Hart was fine, given the situation they stuck him into start.