Everything's Jake with the Sox

During spring training, Jake Peavy said

he wouldn’t try to become a pitcher who relies on guile after surgery robbed him of the power he used to have. Peavy lied, and good for him. He has become as smart as he is good. When he lost the plate in the fourth inning, Peavy managed a bases-loaded situation instead of trying to overpower it.

Sox starters asphyxiated the Cubs

this weekend. Peavy,

John Danks


Philip Humber

combined for 19 innings, 2 earned runs, 11 hits, 14 strikeouts and 5 walks.

Cubs starters Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster and Jeff Samardzija,

meanwhile, combined for 19 1/3 innings, 12 earned runs, 23 hits, 16 strikeouts, 5 walks and 7 homers.

The Cubs might want to expand

their spray charts to include Waveland and Sheffield.

Hey, look!

The Cubs retired

Adam Dunn


The headline said the Cubs

would discuss calling up slugging phenom

Anthony Rizzo

, and I’m thinking, just as soon as someone calls about

Alfonso Soriano


Actually, Rizzo could serve as the designated hitter

during a couple interleague series. If only he could pitch relief. But the good news is, no matter who the Cubs call up, they need help in that spot.

Sunday was the six-year anniversary


Michael Barrett

’s slugging

A.J. Pierzynski

after a collision at the plate. After rerunning the video -- you never miss a chance to rerun the video -- Cubs analyst Bob Brenly noted that the biggest reason Pierzynski (ticks) off opponents is that he’s usually right.

Brenly also suggested

that the next time he tries to stretch a single into a double when

Gordon Beckham

is covering,

David DeJesus

should get a lead blocker.

And when Brenly and Len Kasper discussed

the viscosity of spit vs. saliva, you know they’re deep into Ph.D dissertation on broadcasting a bad season.

Orlando Hudson doesn’t play third

in the majors.

Brent Morel

doesn’t hit in the majors. Yeah, third base is an issue.

Seeing Paul Konerko’s left eye

and then hearing he plans to return on Tuesday, well, you just know he was a hockey player at one point.

The Sox lost their cleanup hitter

and still put up 16 runs this weekend. The Cubs had their cleanup hitter and scored six. Coming off the bench,

Dayan Viciedo

went 4-for-11 with a homer and three RBIs.

Bryan LaHair

went 1-for-9 without driving in a run.

It's not Maholm's day

when Peavy is allowed to swing away in a bunt situation.

I guess the schedule is the schedule,

but I’d have bet the Cubs were going to have

Kerry Wood

conduct the seventh-inning stretch Sunday.

The Sox swept the Cubs,

and I’m wondering, do Sox fans taunt their Cubs friends or pity them?

The sweep marked the Sox's first series win in a month.

The last one came against Seattle. If all you can do is dominate last-place teams, then this is a good time to face Minnesota.