June 26th, 2007
| W – T. Lilly (6-4) L – R. Lopez (4-1) S – W. Ohman (1)
Homeruns: C. Floyd (4) J. Carroll (1)
The headache was gone after some Advil this morning and I was ready for the game. I have to be honest, I was itching for the game to start all day. I hate night games because I have to wait all day for it to start. Good things come to those who wait was I was always taught and tonight, that was the case.
Ted Lilly didn’t impress me tonight. He routinely suffered with his control and his command. He managed to get through six innings, which was a prerequisite for the start tonight, but when you throw 114 pitches, you should be able to get through seven. We really needed a a quality start from the starter for the simple fact that the bullpen has been taxed of late and desperately needed some rest. Lilly gave us enough, but could have given us more. The funny thing was that after the first inning, I really thought the two pitchers would have a totally different result than what we saw over the next three innings. Lilly finished the first with just 13 pitches, while Lopez finished it with somewhere in the neighborhood of 30. Lilly began to struggle and Lopez then settled down a bit, getting the lower half of the Cubs order on just 6 pitches in the second.
The Jacque Jones Trade seemed to be all anyone, me included, could think about all day. As rumors began to break that Jones was headed to Florida, it was tough to confirm. The main reason for this was due to the fact that the deal was not fully done, as we found out later in the evening when it was announced that it had fallen through. For all of those itching to know what the deal was, here is my best estimation. I’m pretty sure the basics of it were something to the effect of Jones and a player to be named later along with just about all of Jones’ remaining salary for Graham Taylor. My guess is that Hendry decided that he wasn’t getting enough in return, which he wasn’t, and backed out of the deal. I think he made the right move here, because that’s too much to give up for Taylor. He’s got a crazy K/BB ratio, but I don’t know if I’m quite sold on him just yet. My guess is that Hendry will make some calls to Larry Beinfest tomorrow, but that the deal is officially dead. According to Jim Hendry:
“It wasn’t really a good deal for us. We got close in one scenario, and talked to some other clubs (Monday), and I’ve got an other scenario. At the end of the day, I just felt like I wasn’t going to get rushed into it and make a deal that I didn’t think was good for us, so it didn’t get done.”
That tells me that Hendry seems to have another team interested. I think he’ll be on the phone again most of the day tomorrow and we’ll go through this all over again.
The 12th Pitcher is still not here. We added Billy Petrick, but in the process removed Ryan Dempster due to his oblique injury. That keeps us at 11 on the active roster and a need for yet another arm. Basically we’re in the exact same position we were in before the game. We’ll wait and see what happens, but I have to imagine that a move is in the works as we speak because of the fact that there is a day game tomorrow.
Cliff Floyd is a definite threat in this lineup and needs to be in this lineup every day. I love what Lou is doing with Floyd and Pagan. We’ve had the late lead and both games of this series you’ve seen Floyd leave early to rest his body and give Pagan some time. When Floyd is in the lineup, there is no doubt that he makes the heart of the lineup more potent. People know he’s talented and respect that, as shown by his two intentional walks tonight. He needs to play as close to every day as possible while keeping himself healthy.
Mike Fontenot continues to play well and was even put out there at shortstop tonight. Oddly enough he didn’t get a ground ball hit to him all night. I can’t remember the last time that happened, but I have to imagine it’s not very often. We’ll have to wait to see how Fontenot performs at short. My guess is that he’ll do just fine.
We’re playing really well right now, and I know it’s probably frustrating to look at the scoreboard and see Milwaukee continue to win. My only words to console you is that if the Cubs continue to take care of business each day, things will sort themselves out. It’s way too early in the year to be scoreboard watching. Save that for September. In the meantime, just keep going out and winning each series and come September we’ll be right where we need to be.