The Cubs have not just won three games in their last four, they've won three games decisively.
Wednesday's 6-2 win at Milwaukee was something of a coming out party for Felix Pie, who had 3 hits, including his second home run of the season, and 3 RBI. Cub fans were also treated to 117 pitches-worth of Carlos Zambrano, who struck out nine, allowed just two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, collected two hits and an RBI of his own, and didn't even come close to socking any teammates in the eye, while improving his record to 6-5.
The day's downer--there HAS to be a daily Cub downer; I think it's a law--had to do with Aramis Ramirez, who left the game in the second inning after apparently straining his knee while running to first. He is to undergo an MRI in Chicago on Thursday.
The healthy Cubs, meanwhile, will move on to Atlanta for four games starting Thursday, when Rich Hill goes up against the Braves' Chuck James.
Also on tap for Thursday is baseball's amateur draft. At Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein figures the Cubs are going to take Cypress High School 3B Josh Vitters, offering this analysis:
While the Cubs would love to take (Georgia Tech catcher Matt) Wieters, he’s yet another (Scott) Boras client. The Cubs have no problem with Boras, nor with his expected bonus demands, but Major League Baseball does. With the Cubs ownership situation in limbo, the Cubs have been instructed by MLB to adhere strictly to the slot system, with no well-over slot bonuses, and certainly no big league deal—and Wieters will require both. Rumors that the Cubs would go the super-cheap option with Virginia first baseman Sean Doolittle are more than a little silly, but they’ve been bearing down hard on Indiana high school righty Jarrod Parker of late, with GM Jim Hendry and special assistant Gary Hughes in attendance at multiple Parker outings in May.(AP Photo/Morry Gash from espn.com)