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Monthly Archive: April 2006

Sunday

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Brewers 9, Cubs 0

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Man, Joe sure picked the right weekend to go to the beach. Today’s game was the worst possible follow up to yesterday’s beating, a 9-0 shutout and the victims of Chris Capuano’s complete game. Carlos Zambrano still shows no signs of breaking out of his early slump or growing up. Zambrano melted down in the 5th inning, as he was yanked without recording an out in the frame. Carlos gave up 7 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks, and totally lost the plate during the 5th. Big Z definitely needs to get his head together, if the Cubs are […]

Saturday

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Stinkin’ thinkin’

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Stinkin’ thinkin’ is when you make the same dumb moves over and over expecting different results. Andy Warhol once said that “in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes;” Glendon Rusch had his fifteen minutes of fame in 2004 when he went 6-2 with a 3.47 ERA. Otherwise his career record bespeaks of a very poor baseball pitcher. In 1308.7 innings pitched, Glendon has given up 1517 hits and 399 walks. This is a guy who is very familiar with baserunners and this year his performance is worsening. Jim Hendry puzzled many of us when he offered a […]

Saturday

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Game 22 Brewers 16-2 Winners

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Box Score Note to ailing pitchers employed by the Chicago Cubs – Rusch back! Oh well, as Lee Smith said it’s better to lose a blowout than 1-0. It falls to me to recap this regrettable fiasco as Joe basks in the sun and surf of whatever exotic paradise he deemed worthy to occupy this weekend. I had to watch Glendon Rusch pitch his absolute worst game since who knows when, definitely this year. I thought after his last game, a loss to the Cardinals, he would straighten up. He didn’t. The bullpen wasn’t any help. After yesterday’s solid effort […]

Saturday

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Game 22 Preview

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Since I’m on vacation at the beach, there is not fancy table today for our game preview. I’ll have that up and running again for Monday. In the meantime, I’ll put as much info in this basic preview as possible. Starting Pitchers Glendon Rusch – (1-3 6.41 ERA) Doug Davis – (0-2) 7.66 ERA) Scouting Report on Doug Davis It has been a rough start to 2006 for Davis to say the least. His most recent start was his five-inning, nine-walk performance against Cincinnati on Sunday. Davis tied a dubious club record with his nine free passes, and the Brewers […]

Friday

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Game 21 Recap – Fishin’ for a victory

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Box Score I’m starting to like this 2006 team; gone apparently are the boring days of station to station/wait for the homerun baseball. This Cubs team is showing enthusiasm both on the field and in the dugout. Some post-game thoughts after the Cubs’ 6-2 victory over nearby rival Milwaukee: 1. I liked how Maddux pitched his way out of jams, particularly the one that started the game. This is the difference between the 2006 version and the efforts that this future Hall of Famer has given us in 2004 and 2005; 2. Too much aggressiveness isn’t a bad thing – […]