Submitted by John Hill on Thu, 06/02/2005 - 5:06pm
GAME 52 PREVIEW CHICAGO CUBS (27-24) at SAN DIEGO PADRES (33-20) PETCO Park, 9.05pm CT, TV: ESPN, Chan4
The Cubs have won their last 6, and 9 of their last 11. The Padres though put us in the shade - they've won 22 of their last 28. Yikes! They did lose last night though, to the Brewers, and they're probably due a losing streak right about now given the sensational May they've had!
Speaking of sensational, how about Derrek Lee? After April (.419/.490/.767), for which Derrek won the NL Player of the Month award, I implored him to keep it up. Sadly, he did tail off a bit, only hitting .313/.424/.646 in May. You're not going to win NL Player of the Month awards hitting like that (and indeed, Abreu took the honours). Obviously hugely disappointed with his slumping, Lee last night reminded us he's still alive, going 5-for-5 to start June, four singles with a three-run homer to cap it off. Should we be surprised at his present 1.000/1.000/1.600 line in June? No, of course not, Lee usually improves a lot when the summer months roll around!
Keep on rolling, Cubbies, roll on. I hate these West Coast night games, starting as they do at gone 3am in the morning here, but as long as we keep winning them, I shan't complain too much!
|SP Tim Stauffer||SP *Glendon Rusch|
|SS #Neifi Perez||CF Dave Roberts|
|2B Todd Walker||3B Geoff Blum|
|1B Derrek Lee||LF Ryan Klesko|
|RF *Jeromy Burnitz||1B Phil Nevin|
|3B Aramis Ramirez||C Ramon Hernandez|
|CF *Corey Patterson||RF Miguel Ojeda|
|LF T Jason Dubois||SS Khalil Greene|
|C Michael Barrett||2B Damian Jackson|
|Pitcher's spot||Pitcher's spot|