Cubs So-So in First Series Against Astros
There was nothing special in the Cubs 2-1 record to start the year (excluding the Fukudome and Ramirez bats).
The Cubs started the year with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park; Alfonso Soriano lead off the season with a bang, a leadoff home run off of Roy Oswalt.
The next game wasn't so fortuitous for the Cubs, losing 3-2 in ten innings.
Ryan Dempster pitched well, but bullpen woes and timely hitting by the Astros (Jeff Keppinger walk-off single) were to much for the Cubs to overcome.
The series finale was a slug-fest, with the Cubs handily beating the Astros 11-6.
Aramis Ramirez and Kosuke Fukudome each had 4 hits (Fukudome with a double and home run), as well as good hitting performances from Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot (Fontenot a three-run homer).
The Cubs have played well, but a series sweep was definitely an option.
Next up for the Cubs, a three game series in Milwaukee.
Game 1- Harden (0-0) vs. Looper(0-0)
Game 2- Zambrano (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Bush (0-0, 18.00 ERA)
Game 3- Dempster (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. TBA.
The Cubs are very capable of sweeping this series, as the Brewers have an obvious lack of starting pitching.
Prediction for the series: Cubs sweep.
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