Cubs Roll to 40 Behind Marquis
The Chicago Cubs, whose 40-24 record is still the best in the bigs, polished off a 4-3 road trip with a split series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday when Jason Marquis took a two-hitter into the seventh for a 3-1 victory.
Mark DeRosa provided the run support with a 3-for-4 night, highlighted by a 3-1 pitch from Brad Penny, which he took yard for his 8th homer of the season.
The Cubs are pretty much ridiculous right now, save for a two-game losing streak from Friday to Saturday. Good thing they won Sunday, cause they're the only team left in the world to avoid a three-game skid all year long. Also kinda neat, it took them until July 1st in 2007 to reach 40 wins. That's progress!
Not so neat for the Cubbies is that the St. Louis Cardinals are hot on their trail with 38 victories, sitting just 2.5 games behind the division leaders.
Mark DeRosa will undergo a heart procedure Thursday after experiencing an irregular heartbeat this Saturday during workouts.
The Chicago Cubs second baseman will have an electro-physiology study in which his doctor will try to induce atrial arrhythmia, and may also undergo a radiofrequency catheter ablation -- a medical treatment which uses electrical energy to kill tissues around the heart that are causing disturbances in rhythm.
No biggie though, as DeRosa is expected to return to Arizona this Sunday, be back on the field as early as Monday and ready to roll by March 8th.