June 1st, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta 1 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0   8 20 1
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1   5 10 2
W -  K. Davies (3-3)   L  - C. Zambrano (5-5)  S – None
Homeruns: D. Lee (5) A. Ramirez (13) J. Jones (2)

Box Score

You can look at today’s loss as yet another in a series of losses en route to another dismal season. Feel free to take that approach. It doesn’t seem like a fun approach, but if you’re into that kind of thing, have at it. As for me, I’m sticking with this team. This division is just not good enough to abandon your team this early. Realistically, this could end up being a 4,5 or even 6 team race down to the end. Perhaps today’s skirmish between our battery is the spark this team needs to have a hot streak start. But they lost today, you say? Indeed they did, but after the fight, the Cubs won the last 4 innings by a score of 4-1. Take that for what it’s worth, but i’m still on board.

Carlos was brutal today, giving up 13 hits and 6 ER. I don’t know what’s wrong with him this year, but the fact that the Cubs have not resigned him yet is definitely a good thing. Like I said a about two weeks ago, I’m off his bandwagon. He needs to go somewhere else, and before the trading deadline. I don’t enjoy watching the games he pitches and I don’t like the results we get. He was the worst player on the field today according to my super geeky fan graph WPA stat. What ever the reason for his lack of success, he needs to figure it out and in a hurry. If he’s hurt, he needs to tell someone and quit pitching for a contract because that’s not going too well for him. All I know is I don’t want him on this team anymore. I can’t stand him.

I don’t have much else to say about today. That 5th inning fight has me angry, but maybe eager to see what happens tomorrow. Rich Hill takes the mound and I expect good things.


STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Kyle Davies (.154)
  • Second Star – Derrek Lee (.154)
  • Third Star – Kelly Johnson (.127)

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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