Few things we know are for certain going into tomorrow’s 10 April 2012 series of MLB games:
1) The Brewers are a fundamentally sound ball club at the plate: advancing runners, sacrifice flies and scoring on squeeze bunts down the line.
2) Sveum is going to use the season in order to develop the young players of this ball club; winning isn’t as important at this point.
3) DeJesus’ arm will be sore after throwing at least four cross-field throws to 3rd and home plate from right field.
4) Soriano was unable to chase down fly balls that a younger left fielder would have been able to snag. What we are not certain of is why: is it age, past hamstring problems, other injuries or commitment issues?
5) Maybe it was the intra-division rivalry, but Braun faced negative reactions during his first game away from the safety of his home field. This will likely continue throughout the season.
6) Cubs’ fans are mixed about Ramirez’s return to Wrigley, and the errors continue as seen in during bottom of the 9th.
7) This young Cubs team is full of fighters who will not quit, even when down four runs in the bottom of the 9th (as many fans felt differently during the past few seasons).
8) Axford is not invincible.
9) Whoever tracks the attendance record for Cubs home games may not be the best attendance record keeper in the MLB. The reported attendance was 38,136. I watched from home, but there seemed to be a lot of empty seats for only having 3,000 less in attendance from the home opener.
10) Cubs’ fans are diehard and will tweet all game long and thereafter!
It was another loss, but this loss stung much less than the previous two and I’m left with a feeling of hope for the remainder of this series.