Sometimes, in life, things happen that make you question everything you’ve ever believed. Things like Travis Wood having an ERA of just over 2.00 on May 14. Things like wondering if Nate Schierholtz or Luis Valbuena is the happiest suprise this season. Things like the Chicago Cubs taking 2-3 from the Nationals (against Stephen Strasburg, no less), and then going on to beat the Rockies 9-0. Oh, didn’t you hear? The Cubs beat the Rockies 9-0:
The Cubs may be lacking in overall talent, but they aren’t lacking in confidence.
The stabilization of the closer’s role since Kevin Gregg took over, the continued dominance of the starters and the recent improvement of the offense has the players believing they’re not as far away as most observers believe.
“The only thing I think about is that — winning it here,” Starlin Castro said. “It’s going to be unbelievable. That’s why those people (President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer) are signing people here for multiyear (deals), to be here when the team is competing every season.
“I think it’s going to happen pretty soon.”
Travis Wood turned in his eighth straight quality start in a 9-1 victory over the Rockies, improving to 4-2 with seven shutout innings.
Kyuji Fujikawa and Carlos Marmol finished it against a Rockies team that has fallen back to earth after a 13-5 start.
Personally, I think Carlos Marmol’s biggest contribution to the game was making fans wonder if a 9-0 lead in the top of the 9th was enough, but maybe that’s just me. You can check out the box score here. Just look at all those runs!