I have two different co-workers who are Cubs fans. One's from the Chicago area and the other is from Indiana. They both know I'm a big Astros fan, so of course, they started talking trash this morning after that horrible game on Monday.
After tonight's game, tomorrow morning should be that much sweeter.
What a great game for an offense that really looks locked in right now. Sure, there are questions about whether Brett Wallace should have started this game and how Chris Johnson and Carlos Lee will do long-term, but this game and Sunday's win over Florida were true team efforts. There were seven or eight guys coming up with big hits in those games.
Take Michael Bourn, who's been looking better and better as the season's gone on. That double he hit down the line in left was such a nice piece of hitting. The slow-motion replay showed just how adeptly he used his hands to drive the ball, getting out in front of it and slapping the ball down the line. Hunter Pence is also looking very much locked in, picking up another multi-hit game against a hapless Cubs pitching staff.
And then there was the magic of Mr. Five Tool's triple. I didn't think he was going to make it and he almost slid past third base, but give Q credit. It was a hustle play for him to keep going and get all the way to third on a ball that was very nearly caught.
We haven't even touched on Brett Myers, either. One thing has been very clear this season; Myers is the unquestioned No. 1 starter on this staff. The rejoinder through most baseball might be, "Yeah, but he'd be a No. 3 starter on any other staff." I don't buy that, totally. Myers may not strike out enough guys to impress those afar, but how many top guys in the National League have been better over the past year? Halladay, Johnson, Lincecum, Cain, Lee...Maybe Gallardo? Possibly Oswalt? You could definitely make a case that Myers is in the Top 10 pitchers in the league. I'm as surprised as you are.