July 28th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 2   8 9 1
Cincinnati 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 9 0
W – S. Marshall (5-4)  L  - A. Harang (10-3) S – None
Homeruns: A. Soriano (17 & 18) D. Lee (10)

Box Score

I’ve got some discussion questions for you tonight. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on these. Don’t be shy. Click the comment link and leave some love. Also, we’ve added an auto-updating standings widget in the sidebar. It updates at the close of every game. Thanks for the suggestion whoever it was. Ask and you shall receive.

1. What would it take for you to be confident in Rich Hill, Sean Marshall, and Jason Marquis for the stretch run?

Maybe you are already confident in what they can do. Personally, I’m happy with what we have in this rotation. At some point, you have to show some confidence in your farm (i.e. Marshall and Hill) and trust your free agent signing. One “highly respected” blog went clamoring for the Cubs to go out and get Jon Garland before the deadline, suggesting a price of Marshall and Cedeno. I don’t know if maybe Al just spouts this crap for sake of discussion, but Marshall is pitching better than Garland and is younger and cheaper. That seems like a downgrade there Al.

If you take a look at the numbers, I can’t see why anyone would make this deal, let alone suggest it. I’d like to hear everyone’s take on this rotation, but be prepared to defend your views.

2. Adam Dunn was a name rumored to be a trade target for teams this year. Would you platoon him?

When you look at the numbers for Dunn, he’s not been pretty against the lefties. Take a look at this:

                AVG     OBP     SLG
VS. Righties .298 .407 .671
VS. Lefties .211 .295 .353

I know it’s Adam Dunn, but those are some bad numbers when he’s facing the lefties. What would you do?

***** Trade News *****

  • Tampa acquired RHP Calvin Medlock, LHP Brian Shackelford and future considerations from the Reds in exchange for INF Jorge Cantu, OF Shaun Cumberland and cash AND traded INF/OF Ty Wigginton to the Astros for RHP Dan Wheeler

    I was a little surprised to see Wigginton go to a non-contender before the deadline, but I guess it’s always a good thing. The Rays pick up a pretty good reliever who has struggled this year to help that pathetic bullpen of theirs.


    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Derrek Lee (17.6%)
  • Second Star – Sean Marshall (13.8%)
  • Third Star – Alfonso Soriano (13.7%)
  • Turd of the Game – Mike Gosling (-19.0%)

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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