I haven’t checked in on the Cubs in a while, but strangely, I’m not surprised to see them continuing to win. They won their weekend series against the Marlins, capping it off yesterday with another great outing from Ryan Dempster.
Chicago has tons of great players, but the roster isn’t that different from last year. The one major addition, Kosuke Fukodome, is mired in a terrible slump and hasn’t even been playing every day lately. I guess that just goes to show you what a competent manager with an expectation of winning and the knowledge of how to do it can get you. Piniella has done a good job this year.
Of course, getting a career year out of Dempster doesn’t hurt, either. (8-run innings from your offense never hurt, either.) He pitched for 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs and striking out 10. The chants of “Dumpster! Dumpster!” are not being heard this year. Well, maybe in the playoffs.