I’m keeping up with the game (on company time) Via ESPN MLB GameCast. I like this service; it reminds of that scene in “Eight Men Out,” when Mr. Rothstein goes into the betting parlor to find out if Cicotte beans the first batter to indicate that the fix is on. In the parlor they have a big board and, I think, little magnetic guys indicating baserunners. As a man reads the game updates from a ticker tape, another man updates the board by moving the little people around.

On GameCast, you get the same view, except the ticker tape is zeroes and ones and the little men are sets of pixels.

Some things I’ve noticed so far:

–Clement has thrown 71 pitches in 4 innings. By the scoreboard he appears in control, but 37 balls and 71 total pitches against 12 outs contradicts that supposition.

–Moises Alou has 6 homers!

–The middle of the Cubs lineup doesn’t appear to be driving in many runs without the aid of homers, just by the numbers. Corey Patterson has 2 HR, 5 RBI. Sosa has 4 & 8. Alou 6 hr/12 rbi. Aramis 4 hr/13 rbi. Lee 1 hr/4 rbi (!). From 2-6, they have 17 HR and 42 RBI, or about 2.5 RBI/HR.

–The Cubs are 2nd in the league in homers behind St. Louis and 4th in runs, with 70. With that information in hand, it cannot be said that the Cubs OVERALL don’t score without homers. But it doesn’t look like the middle of the lineup is helping much with that.

And Derrek Lee had best start hittin’. They traded away my favorite new player for him.

UPDATE:

Now that’s what I call “getting results!” Derrek Lee hits a grand slam!

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