Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Zambrano, Eyre show signs of improvement

I'm not sure whether or not I buy the new arm slot excuse, but whatever he fixed, I'll take it. Zambrano threw eight quality innings against the Mets, holding the explosive New York offense to just one run, a solo homerun by Shawn Green, en route to a 10-1 rout of the Mets. Scott Eyre then finished the masterful performance with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Meanwhile, Derrick Turnbow showed he was human for the second straight day and now we find ourselves only six games in back of Milwaukee with a tough schedule approaching for both teams. Dating back to May 11, six of the seven opponents will be the same: Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, and Florida. The only difference is the one interleague series; the Cubs face the Sox while the Brewers take on the Twins. After this stretch of games, the two teams will then hook up for what looks to be a critical three-game series at Miller Park.

With the two teams virtually on an identical schedule, this next month will be a true test of whether or not the Cubs are better than Milwaukee. So far, in the five games against the common opponents, the Cubs are 2-3 while the Brewers are 1-4.

Tomorrow, the Cubs will look to pin the first loss on Jorge Sosa's record, after dropping John Maine to 5-1. The Brewers get the task of handing Cole Hamels his second loss of the year.

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