Setting aside the errors, it was a solid win all around. Carlos Zambrano was good on the mound and even better at the plate. Carlos Pena and Kosuke Fukudome went deep, which was appropriate given the recent (legitimate) griping about the team’s lack of power. The only Cubs starter without a hit was Koyie Hill, which, obviously.

  • wernert

    Is it time to say it? That this is a better team — a faster, better defensive team — without Byrd? Yes, he’s a great guy, etc. etc.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    He never was a true CF. One more of Hendry’s reactionary FA signings. Nothing personal.

  • Mike

    I’m sorry. We can’t just say in 3 games that we are that much better without Byrd. Mets suck…..and we know it. Let’s see what happens when we go into St Louis, Cincy and Philly. Then i’ll talk

    • Spencer

      agreed. If we get on a roll beating legit teams in the league then it’s time for that discussion.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    Wow – 17 hits!

    • Ace

      No fewer than 10 of them were by Tony Campana. In ONE at bat!

      • TWC

        I watched the first five innings of this game and was wondering when the Fuld comparisons would start….

        When does Campana get a cape?

        • Ace

          Excuse me, good sir, but the Fuld comparisons – by me – started the day Campana was called up. FLY, TONY!

    • Jelly

      Should be 17 hits! But they still somehow managed to LOB 20!

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    If Dickey hadn’t gotten hurt the Cubs would have lost.

    • Ace

      Take what you can get.

      • Raymond Robert Koenig

        Just saying don’t get too excited by winning a home series against the Mets. A team the Cubs should have swept. If Dickey hadn’t gotten hurt the Cubs would have lost 2 of 3. The Pirates will win 2 of 3 or sweep. At least there’s the draft to look forward to.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    Just read that Zambrano went to see the Cubs physician after the game about a “stiff neck”.

    The article also went on to add that he was put on the disabled list back in 2008 with a shoulder injury after originally saying it was a stiff neck.

    “Very insignificant,” Hendry said.

    Sounds eerily similiar to how they tried to make small potatoes out of Garza’s “elbow stiffness”…

    • Jeff

      “Very insignificant,” Hendry said.

      I’ve heard that one before, a couple of times already. So, I expect this will lead directly to more starts for our favorite spot reliever/Glendon Rush 2.0.

  • Brian

    I’d like to see Campana start more often… It this isn’t proof that he can hit and field his position, well I can’t think of better proof… well maybe catching a fly-ball in his hat would have been cool.

    And to say the team is better without Byrd is a little premature. I feel that Campana has shown more energy than Byrd but as said earlier, it’s the Mets, not the Phillies or any other powerful team.

    Good to see a series win though. Now it’s time to go back to the old tradition of actually beating the Pirates.

    • Ace

      Be careful with your hopes for Campana. Young, non-big-time prospects like he often come up and have a stat-bump in their first couple of weeks while the league gets a book on them. I do like his speed and defense, neither of which can be scouted away.

      • Raymond Robert Koenig

        Again, just saying, the Cubs don’t consider him a “real prospect”. They cite his size, blah blah blah. He’s young, he can play CF, he can lead off. What do they have to lose by sticking him in there for a couple of months? 2 things could happen. He could succeed. Or the pitchers could “figure him out”.

        • Ace

          I don’t disagree, though it’s hard to just cast Reed Johnson aside when he’s playing so well and when, theoretically, the Cubs still have a tiny chance to win.

          • Raymond Robert Koenig

            I do like Reed Johnson. Man! The inability to get rid of Soriano really sucks.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Campana isn’t considered a “real prospect” by many, including the Cubs, so I suspect they’ll turn him into a reserve outfielder and then trade him. Why not put him in CF and let him leadoff while Byrd’s out?

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    You know what else sucks? As frustrating as this 3 season (2009-2011) stretch has been, Soriano still has the rest of this season plus 3 more full ones left on his contract. How’s that for a sobering thought?

  • Caleb

    Zambrano: 4/4 with 3 RBIs in the series. Seriously.