But it was still winning – the Cubs stopped their three-game slide with an 8-7 win against the Mets in Shea. Beating the Mets is always nice, even when you’re on pace to lose a hundred games. Nightmares of Tom Seaver, Ed Kranepool, Keith Hernandez, Tug McGraw, Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry still torment me to this day, despite the fact that the Cubs no longer have divisional play against the Mets.
There was some timely hitting tonight, including back to back jacks by Ramirez and Jacque Jones. Earlier in the game Aramis got waved home by third base coach Mike Quade, but Ramirez chose to pull up and coast into third. I suspect that they will have speaks after the game. In my opinion the Cubs’ third baseman didn’t turn second base very hard and had less than a full head of steam heading into third. Ronny Cedeno played less than stellar shortstop tonight turning the double play but fortunately the Cubs had enough offense to win.
Prior to the game Derrek Lee was returned to the 15 day DL – it appears as though Lee was brought back too early following his wrist injury. I sort of expected this because they took his cast off and less than three weeks later he was on the bench in Chicago. How can one expect Derrek to build up strength and flexibility in that short a period of time? Hopefully now the Cubs’ brass will allow him to heal, condition properly and be fully ready for 2007.