May 30th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Florida 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 0   9 12 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 1
W -  R. Messenger (1-1)   L  - T. Lilly (4-3)  S – None
Homeruns: D. Uggla (10 & 11) M. Cabrera (10) J. Willingham (7)

Box Score

Optimism
Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t share Mark and a lot of other fans sentiments on the lack of heart. How exactly are you guys measuring heart? Watching a game on TV tells you nothing. Unless you can spend time with a player on an everyday basis and get inside his head, you’re simply watching from a distance. You can’t measure heart or drive to win like that. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying it. Right now the team is in a funk. When you look up and down this lineup though, it’s a team that should be able to score runs. I’m nowhere near abandoning my confidence that this team will win the NL Central. It looks to be a division that will have a winner that all but backs into the crown. Why can’t that be us? I’m using Mark’s favorite phrase when I advise everyone to stay the course and not abandon this team yet. Call me a homer. Call me a moron, but I believe the Cubs will turn this mess around.

Ted Lilly
Ted got hit pretty hard tonight from a boxscore standpoint, but if you watched the game, he really didn’t pitch that bad. He had given up just 3 earned runs into the 7th inning, which is acceptable by me. He got ahead in the count on a good deal of hitters and seemed to have the hitters guessing most of the night as evidenced by his strikeout total. The problem was that every time he did get hit, he was hit hard.

Cliff Floyd
I’d really like to see Cliff in the starting lineup everyday for a couple weeks to see what he can do. He’s got a great deal of power and can provide a much needed left handed bat in the lineup. Having him in RF and Jones in CF allows the Cubs to begin to alternate between lefties and righties in the lineup, which is vital when you get to the late innings and pitcher changes. In addition, it keeps the starter from getting into too much of a zone for his release point by pitching to all righties. Sorry Murton fans, but i’m backing Floyd.

Scorekeeping
The more I watch baseball on TV or in person, the more I realize that I’m a dork. One thing I really enjoy is keeping score, even when watching the game on television. All those times when Steve Stone used to say something to the effect of “….if you’re scoring at home.” Yeah, he was talking about me. Am I the only one out there who does this? Surely I can’t be, right? I just find that it helps me keep up with what’s happening. It helps during night games to keep me from falling asleep, and it definitely helps me catch things I may have forgotten when it comes time to analyze the game.

The reason I bring this who scorekeeping idea up is because of how excited I was today to find a very nice PC scorekeeping program instead of the paper/pencil method I currently use. I tested it out today using the free trial version (yes, they actually charge money for it) and I liked it. Whether or not I will drop the money to purchase the program is yet to be determined, but we shall see. What i’d like to know is if you keep score at the game or at home? If so, maybe we can get a little discussion going, because i’m always looking for more efficient ways of doing things.

Tough loss today, but we’re only 6 out and we’ve got the Brewers coming in soon. Let’s get hot with the Braves and be ready to make our move by the weekend. It’s a new month. Let’s make it a good one.

Mark’s Thoughts
Here we go again, another game that ends with the Cubs shaking their heads. This is a very uninspired ballclub, I personally don’t think they will see the .500 mark again this year. And the sad thing is that it will be the second year in a row where a slightly better than .500 record will win the division! Imagine, all the millions were wasted – the Cubs could have fielded a sixty million dollar team with less talented guys who tried real hard and at least we’d have a fighting chance.

Being a Cubs fan is nine years of disappointment followed by one year of hope. And the one year is the one you’d never pick.


STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Sergio Mitre (.202) He should have got a win, but got hurt
  • Second Star – Dan Uggla (.144)
  • Third Star – Miguel Cabrera (.080)

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    Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail