The Cubs are in town, just in case anyone near the river was wondering what that smell was. As you pick your way through all the blue shirts at Great American Ball Park tonight, you can scratch your head, as I did how Carlos Silva and Marlon Byrd, two offseason acquisitions that no one held in high regard, are among the team leaders of the Cubs. Silva especially has been impressive, showing good command and keeping runners from touching home.
Byrd has been good but is actually the winkest link of a strong Cubs outfield. Kosuke Fukudome and Alfonso Soriano have been excellent this year. Geovany Soto has also been very strong behind the plate, and it'll be nice to see him and Joey Votto match up as they try to prove who truly was the better player of the top two 2008 Rookie of the Year vote-getters. Luckily for Cincinnati, traditional Reds-killers Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez are slumping badly. Let's hope the Reds pitching staff has what it takes to shut them down.
Homer Bailey has pitched decently, but hasn't exactly been in "shutting 'em down" form. He's the only member of the starting rotation without a win, and it would be great to get one against the Cubs. The team will be tough, but if we can keep it close, perhaps our penchant for walk off wins will see us to victory. Go Reds! They're our favorite team!