The Chicago Cubs opened up a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals by pounding Adam Wainwright, as he lasted only three innings while giving up eight runs. The Cubs were able to hold on to there early lead to eventually win 9-5.
Here is what we learned from this Cubs win to put them at 3-5 on the year.
Jeff Samardzija wins ugly
Samardzija is offically 2-0 on the season, but he had to labor to qualify for the win, as he threw a whopping 103 in a short outing of five innings. Samardzija did not appear to be as dazzling as he was in his previous start giving up five runs on ten hits, and at times it looked as if he wasn't aiming the ball. We have all seen what happens to Samardzija when he gets into jams during games as he slowly begins to unfold,but this should bode well for him as a confidence booster to start the season well.
David DeJesus fits nicely at leadoff
I was about to write DeJesus off when he struggled in the opening series against the Washington Nationals, but shame on me for doubting DeJesus. He reached base twice today and he has a modest five game hitting streak. And most importantly, DeJesus has shown patience at the plate as he has drawn five walks on the season.
Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd need a wake up call
Both hitters have been lackluster on offense, which is why Dale Sveum has them batting seventh and eighth in the lineup. Everyone appears to have shaken off the cob-webs from spring training, except for Soto and Byrd. If this keeps up, Cubs may be looking for trade possibilities for these two players to have more playing time for Anthony Rizzo and Steve Clevenger.
Get to know the name Rafael Dolis
If the game is out of reach or the Cubs are clinging to a one run game, we will most likely see Rafael Dolis appear in relief. If he improves his command, he could possibly overtake Kerry Wood in the set-up role. This however, is a long-shot.