September 26th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   4 9 1
Florida 1 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 X   7 11 0
W – L. Kensing (2-0) L – J. Marquis (12-9)
S – L. Gardner (2)
Homeruns: D. Lee (21); M. Cabrera (34)

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I’m beginning to really hate when my gut feelings turn out to be right. Yesterday I predicted two loses to the Marlins in the first two games. The Cubs will win tomorrow, Friday, Saturday, and lose the season finale. I can feel it. This game really bored me to tears. “Lost In Translation” was on Encore, and I kept fighting the urge to just skip the rest of the game. And I’ve seen that movie at least a dozen times. You could tell from the get go that Marquis didn’t have his ‘A’ game. I’m not sure he had his ‘B or C’ game either. He looked lost on the mound, and completely uncomfortable throughout his short outing. Thanks to Cubs bats at least making a few whimpers here and there, Marquis was still in line for a No Decision, or even a win, when he was removed.

Like last night, the whole team seems to be out of sync. There isn’t the happy-go-lucky feeling you saw over the weekend. Almost like they’re pressing to get the job done. Bob Brenly noted that since their arrival in Miami, the area has been hit with the usual seasonal rain storms, and that the players are getting the routines a bit fouled up because of it. No offense, but it’s game 158. These guys have all played in all of these stadiums at all different times. The Marlins have 67 wins. You’re trying to tell me because they had to hit in the cages instead of on the field it makes it that big of a difference? I don’t buy it. They look dog tired, and perhaps got into celebration mode a bit too early. Now I’m sitting here hoping the Cardinals hand the Brewers a loss, and get that magic number down to three. I don’t like that one bit. Wins are the best way to get the job done. I guess I better just set up camp with the Pepto bottle, since as we’re all used to, the Cubs can never make this easy.

On the plus side, the Cubs did hit the ball hard, they just couldn’t capitalize on any of the hits. Cliff Floyd looks flat out locked in, as does Mark DeRosa and Derrek Lee. Soriano seems to be trying to fight off global warming all by himself with the amount free swinging he’s doing, and A-Ram needs to settle down. Is it me, or does he seem to be really fighting himself during his at bats? Almost like each one is the biggest one of his entire career. Too much pressure dude, relax.

As I said yesterday, my record for doing recaps is horrendous. This should be my last one for the regular season. Joe and Rob seem to have better luck when they do these. I’m begging Joe to make me give up any more of these, as I’m cursed. Or you can all send checks to “Make Matt stop doing recaps” fund. Make that out to Matt, with two T’s. I’ll see you guys on the flipside. I’m handing this off to Joe and Rob.

Matt’s Notes:

  • Hmmmm, Andy Fletcher sure likes to call those third check swing strikes.
  • Last night as my wife and I were watching the game, I got down on the floor and started rolling around. I asked her, “What am I?” She had no idea. Any ideas?
  • Marmol’s scoreless innings pitched streak ended tonight. Glad it’s now and not in the playoffs. I’m a big believer in ending streaks before playoffs. Start them all over again in the post season. So says I.
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    Been blogging on VFTB since 2006. It's been a long silly run thus far. I still play baseball in the Chicago North Men's Senior Baseball League.