After another hectic weekend with the family, let get caught up on the Cubs news:
After Lou Piniella predicted a better outing from Carlos Zambrano today, Zambrano promptly went out and gave up 11 hits in 3 plus innings. Mark's Remarks - Zambrano has not looked right in 2 starts now since coming back from his back injury. Add to that the fact that he has not looked right for the last 2 years and one begins to wonder if Zambrano might end up another one of Dusty Baker's victims.
Zambrano's not the only one struggling. With Geo Soto continuing to struggle, Piniella says he'll catch Koyie Hill a lot more. Mark's Remarks - When Koyie Hill is outproducing last year's Rookie of the Year, you know your team has problems.
On the injury front: an MRI on Alfonso Soriano's knee only showed inflamation and medication may be all he needs to recover. In addition, Aramis Ramirez should be able to avoid surgery on his troublesome shoulder. Mark's Remarks - Finally, some good news for the Cubs. If these two were to miss a lot of time, you could pretty much just put an end to the Cubs season now (not that you can't already).
On the trade rumor front, Rich Harden was claimed on Waivers by the Minnesota Twins. The Cubs have until Noon Monday to trade him or pull him back. Mark's Remarks - The Cubs should STRONGLY consider trading Harden, if they get some good prospects in return (i.e. worth more than the draft picks the Cubs will receive). The team is going nowhere and its time to try to improve in any way they can. Plus, they could always sign Harden in the offseason.
Finally, at least the Cubs Broadcasters are having a good year and as far as Cubs fans go, no one suffers more than Ron Santo. Mark's Remarks - Let's just hope that Santo is still around when/if the Cubs ever make the World Series.