Archive for September, 2007

Game 152 – Making Up is Hard to Do

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

September 18th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0   5 10 1
Chicago 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 7 0
W – A. Harang (16-4) L – C. Zambrano (16-13) S – D. Weathers (31)
Homeruns: E. Encarnacion (14)

Box Score

Tonight was the first home start for Carlos Zambrano since the Labor Day disaster where he was booed off the field and followed up his bad start by showing up and calling out the fans. Since that start he has had two good starts at Pittsburgh and St. Louis. A major story line leading up to tonight’s game was that he would be pitching on only three days rest instead of his usual four. It would be interesting to see how he would respond. To sum it up…not too well. Whether it was from lack of rest or not, Lou Piniella said that Big Z never really looked comfortable. Maybe that is because he was facing Aaron Harang who has already beaten him four times head to head this year. (By the way, I don’t know about you, but any time Harang pitches I almost automatically chalk up a loss. I know it really is crushing to lose any game right now, but it drives me insane when we yell so much about losing games that we probably thought we were going to lose in the first place. Harang is 16-4 on the year, is second in the NL in K’s, second in innings pitched, and third in WHIP…and seems to never lose to the Cubs.)

I was at the game tonight, thanks to my wife who bought me tickets for my birthday. I was amazed at the playoff atmosphere, with fans standing and cheering for simple things like 3-2 counts and the tying run coming to the plate. It was going to be interesting to see the fans response to Zambrano’s return. During player introductions, Carlos got the loudest ovation and the fans rose to their feet and cheered loudly as he walked to the mound to begin the game. It was like a sweet reconciliation…that was until Carlos began straying again (Carlos why do you play with our emotions so much? We want to love you…we really do! But you make it so hard. We don’t really know who’s coming home to us.) In the first inning he was getting ahead of batters and unable to close the deal. Norris Hopper battled to an infield single, then Keppinger was hit by a pitch. Brandon Phillips singled in a run (By the way have you seen his numbers?) and scored on an Edgar Encarnacion single. The Cubs are down 2-0 in the first. Not good when you are facing Aaron Harang.

The Reds scored another run in the second. Carlos Zambrano didn’t give up another run until the sixth, when Encarnacion clubbed a ball into the left field stands. Carlos was almost pulled a couple times in the game, but finally was pulled in the sixth after the home run. As he left the field he was met with some half hearted applause that kind of said “I guess we’re stuck with each other.” His numbers on the day: 5.1 IP, 7H, 4ER, 3BB, 1K. Could’ve been worse. Could’ve been a lot better. One thing that was easy to notice is how many pitches Zambrano throws. It is not rare for him to be near 80 pitches in the third or fourth inning. He is a strikeout pitcher, which means he will throw a lot of pitches for that, and he leads the league in walks.

Aaron Harang was a good as usual. 7IP, 2ER, 6K, 2BB. The Cubs had a few chances to score, but only scored their two runs in the fourth on a two out, two run single by Jacque Jones. Jones also made a great catch in Center crashing into the wall- and banging the brick wall with his head- to rob Ken Griffey Jr. of an extra base hit…smiling always smiling.

Side notes:
It was amazing to see the crowd response to Kerry Wood. He entered the game in the eighth, inheriting the bases loaded from Will Oh MAN! He entered like a hero, with fans cheering and chanting. He retired his first batter on a pop up, but then walked in a run…the unforgivable sin in my book. It amazed me that he was still so popular. Would Prior get the same response?

I listen to a lot of sports radio and I laugh at the roller coaster Cubs fans ride. When they win, they are unbeatable. When they lose it seems like they might never win again. I appreciated Lou’s words about keeping the whole season in perspective.

There are ten games left for us and in a technicality we are in second place. If the Brewers win out (which they won’t) they win the division no matter what we do.

The good news is that the Mets keep losing, which is keeping the Braves at least alive in the East. So when the Brewers go to Atlanta for four games on Thursday, the Braves will still be playing for something.

Unlike the Astros who have seemingly laid down for the Brewers. I am going back and forth about how I feel about it, but the Astros have moved their veteran pitchers back to face the Cardinals who are out of it, instead of the Brewers who are in it. Houston needs to evaluate players for next year…but this is against baseball protocol. Oswalt was scheduled to start against the Brewers but his wife was being induced to have a baby instead. Conspiracy theory: didn’t Astros manager Cecil Cooper play for the Brewers? Anyway who cares about who the Astros are pitching against the Brewers? If we win we’re in.

Random Wrigley Field Notes
I am a Cub fan, but I don’t really like going to Wrigley Field… is that so bad?

Why are they still playing the Van Halen song “Jump” when the Cubs take the field? Can’t Bob Brenly come up with something better, he’s a great music lover. Len Kasper was on Boers and Bernstein the other day and said that Brenly “pitched a tent” at Grant Park during Lollapalooza this summer…Thus proving his love for music. He must know something better than Van Halen. What was Kasper’s bands name? They probably have something good.

By the way, the other day Len Kasper said that he keeps up with reading Cubs blogs. Here is a message for him… “Len. Jump in. Join the community. We all think you’re cool.”

The field is still torn up from the Police concert. The field is awful and in bad need of repair. Steve Stone said that for a couple years there was a plan in place to redo the field in the off season; to make it better for draining, taking away some of the bad hops, and resloping the dangerous incline towards the foul lines. He said that the idea was nixed by Andy MacPhail, or the Trib, because of cost. So finally this year it was approved, but can only be done if the Cubs don’t make the playoffs (timing reasons) and with approval of the new owner. I hope it gets done…next year.

Whenever I am at Wrigley I am flooded with memories of going to meaningless games at the end of another miserable year. How many times have you sat in the stands for a game that meant nothing? This is a nice change. Does it ever amaze you how bad the Cubs have been for decades? What are your memories of bad Cubdom?

Are you tiring of the guest conductor for the seventh inning stretch? (Get Kasper’s band!!!)

The most vivid memory for me as a Cub fan growing up was watching the Cubs losing an afternoon game that was going long and was going to get called because of darkness when the Cubs did not have lights. Darkness is an appropriate description for being a Cab fan back then.

On a final note, today I got some Cracker Jack. It now comes in a bag not a box, and the toy is always some paper thing that is in no way a “toy.” What happened to all things good and innocent? Please don’t blame this on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Remember Big League Chew. It is still around and still pretty much the same. How do they get away with selling something so obviously designed to look like children’s chewing tobacco to kids? Whenever I got Big League Chew growing up I could not control how much I put in my mouth. I would add and add until I had a monumental glob of gum that was choking the breath out of me.

Trivia Question:
As I was sitting at the game today something happened that I think should be box scored as UIBB. What is it? There are no prizes and it might make you uncomfortable that you think the same way that I do.

Please feel free to add your random streams of baseball consciousness in the comments section…

We will get through this.

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Game 152 – Preview

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Scouting Today’s Starters from MLB.com
Aaron Harang – Harang allowed three earned runs over seven innings, all on sacrifice flies, and just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. David Eckstein led off the top of the first inning with a double before Harang retired the next 15 in a row. Yet Harang said he lacked his best stuff in the game. His velocity and command were a little off, but he was able to make pitches and get outs when he had to. He turned the game over to the bullpen after 88 pitches.

Additional Notes on Harang

  • He uses his size to his advantage and is fairly durable, able to pitch effectively beyond the fifth inning. He can work out of jams.
  • Has trouble getting ahead in the count and struggles against right-handed hitters.
  • Red Hot Mama has a profile of him in her Human League series (Source)

    Carlos Zambrano – With one more win, Zambrano will set a career high. He’ll be pitching on short rest, having last started on Friday against the Cardinals. In that game, he gave up one run on four hits over eight innings and struck out three. He threw 101 pitches, and the Cubs seem to feel he’s a better option on short rest than using Steve Trachsel.

    Happy Birthday to Rob
    We’re glad to have him here on the site. I took the time to check out how the Cubs have done on his birthday in the past.

    Record since 1976: 14-14 with 4 off days

    The Cubs have faced the Reds on September 18th three times since 1976, all resulting in losses. Ironically the last time they faced them on this date, 2005, they faced Aaron Harang.


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  • Game 151 – Confused? Surprised? Elated!!!

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2007


    September 17th, 2007

    Teams

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
    Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0   6 13 0
    Chicago 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 3   7 14 1
    W – W. Ohman (2-4)  L  - D. Weathers (2-6) S – None
    Homeruns: C. Floyd (9) M. DeRosa (10)

    Box Score

    I came home from bible study last night and the Cubs were tied in the 6th at 4. With the Brewers winning, and Arroyo still on the mound for the Reds, I was hoping the Cubs would find some way to pull out a win. From the time I began watching, I saw nothing but frustrating baseball. Between the miscommunication between Soriano and Theriot on a pop fly to Soriano running into an out by 20 feet at third on a play in front of him, I was frustrated. Couple that with the fact that the Reds were up by two with an inning to play and I meant it was time to go to bed.

    I woke up and looked at the standing on here to see how the Brewers did and saw that we were still up by a game. My initial reaction was one of confusion. Had my auto updating standings widget stopped working? That was frustrating right there. Then I decided that maybe, just maybe, the Brewers blew that game thanks to their bullpen. That pen has cost them quite a few leads this year so maybe this was another. I checked their score and saw they won. That surprised me because in my mind, there was no way they Cubs won that game.

    I pulled up MLB.tv and took the time to watch the 9th inning, which led to elation. It’s wins like this one, thanks to clutch plays by your key guys, that help a team solidify a division down the stretch.

    On a side note, I apologize for the crappiness of my recaps of late. I’ve been busy with things of late. Hats off to Rob and Matt for providing good recaps on their days. Rest assured, the next two will be great, because Rob is on the case.

    Update: I forgot to mention that the Reds did finish the game under protest due to the way Piniella double switched with Soto. I can’t imagine it will hold up though. It would be hard to take away a win from a playoff contender on something that wasn’t even a factor in the outcome.

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    Game 151 – Preview

    Monday, September 17th, 2007

    Scouting Today’s Starters from MLB.com
    Bronson Arroyo – In a 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday, Arroyo made it four-straight quality starts when he allowed one earned run and six hits over six innings without a walk and five strikeouts for the win. He had retired 11 in a row entering his final inning. Despite having made only 92 pitches, Arroyo was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the Cincinnati half of the sixth, but he said he could have definitely continued if permitted.

    Additional Notes on Arroyo

  • He’s an economical pitcher who locates his pitches well. Right-handed hitters find him particularly tough.
  • Needs to work on his ability to pitch beyond the sixth inning and isn’t as effective from the stretch with runners on.

    Rich Hill – Hill was stellar in his last start against Houston, giving up one run on three hits over seven innings while striking out seven. The lefty threw 116 pitches, matching his season high. He had struggled with his command but got things right against the Astros. Hill is last in the Major Leagues in run support, and the Cubs tallied just three runs while he was on the mound. He has faced the Reds twice this year, and is 1-0.


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  • From Right Field – Being Ridiculous

    Monday, September 17th, 2007

    One of my favorite baseball memories harkens back to the year 2002. I know, it’s the way back machine. My buddy Brandon had moved to Louisville to take a job with UPS. About three times a year, I’d hop on a Southwest flight or drive down for a weekend. We pretty much just sat around and jawed at each other, checked out the ladies at his complex’s pool, toured Louisville Slugger, and went to at least one Louisville Bats (Cincinnati’s AAA Affiliate) ballgame, when in season.

    Minor league baseball is a different breed if you’re only accustomed to seeing games at the major league level. They really cater to the fanbase, and make it a family experience. Louisville has a classy little park built on the banks of the Ohio River, the main concourse was part of an old railroad station, and it’s view over the centerfield scoreboard is of the many bridges heading into Indiana. It’s by far, one of my favorite places to have taken in a game, and one of my favorite baseball memories.

    After a Saturday of wandering some of Louisville’s arsty neighborhood’s, we headed toward downtown for the game. We didn’t have tickets, but it was pretty easy to score bleacher seats on a given night. We headed out to the small bleacher section behind the right field fence, and took in the scene. We looked right back over the grandstands at downtown, and some impressively threatening clouds rolling in. When I say black clouds, I dark as night, highlighted with occasional lightning. It was a typical late August Midwest storm baring down on us.

    It sprinkled off and on through the first seven innings, which saw Louisville get the snot beat out of them. They hadn’t been the same since Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, and one Deion Sanders roamed the outfield. It was the top of the eighth when the skies finally opened up, and sent the crowd scurrying for cover. My buddy, one to never let a $7 ticket go to waste, decided we were riding this storm out. I concurred, as my stomach typically becomes an endless pit when the smells of grills reach it’s depths. We sat there for around two hours, watching the rain fall in steady streams, the crowd ever so slowly empty out and head for home, and I took in two or three too many bratwursts.

    The skies finally dried up and with no crowd left, we headed down to front row seats along the Bats bullpen, similiar to Wrigley’s set up. Sadly, this is still the closest I have ever sat at a game. The game progressed through the eighth, and the Bats bullpen jumped into action. One of the Silvas, I could never get any of them straight (Carlos, Jose, Juan, etc.), began tossing as he was on a rehab stint. Brandon and I immediately began into quoting “Major League” like two teenage boys. Neither us will ever tell you we’re not emotionally thirteen. Lines like, “Nice velocity,” “Sounds like it.” fell from our lips. The catcher, and which ever Silva it was, chuckled, and we got a few rolls of the eyes.

    Poor Mr. Silva never made it into the game, and as he headed toward the dugout, we began to harrass him to at least give us a batting practice ball. He turned, looked at us, and kept going, which led to more cat calls. In moment I’ll never forget, he turned around grabbed two balls out of the bag, and tossed one to each of us with this, “You guys are ridiculous.”

    That we are Mr. Silva, but thanks for the memories. That ball still sits in a place of honor.

    Here’s to being ridiculous over baseball.

    Matt’s “From Right Field” appears every Monday on VFTB.

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    Game 150 – Who’s Your Sub?

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007


    September 16th, 2007

    Teams

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
    Chicago 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 13 1
    St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0   2 9 0
    W – J. Marquis (12-8)  L  - M. Mulder (0-3) S – R. Dempster (28)
    Homeruns: M. Murton (7)

    Box Score

    In the final game of the series against the Cardinals, Lou went with an interesting plan. That plan was to play not one, not two, not three, but four subs in the starting lineup and home for a series win. With Mark Mulder on the mound, given his struggles, it was probably as good of a time as any to give some of the regulars a day off. Anyone can hit Mulder, right? Well, Lou pulled the right strings and had production spring forth from all four of the subs. My question to you then is this.

    Which of the four subs in the lineup today would you like to see more of down the stretch?

    Geovany Soto was probably the biggest story of the day with his four hits behind the plate, two of which were doubles. He’s now hitting .423 this season with a slugging percentage of .692. He’s not had too many starts behind the plate since he recall, but has played well when the call has come. With Jason Kendall in a 5 for 42 funk in September, we’ll probably see more from Soto down the stretch.

    Matt Murton has been one of those players that is either loved or hated. Some think this guy is the next great batting champion and others think he’s the second coming of a guy like Brant Brown, an outfielder we valued too high for too long. Regardless of where your allegiance lies, Matty came up big today with a three run bomb that was all the run support Jason Marquis needed today. With Cliff Floyd somewhat ailing due to old age, despite him only being 34 years old, Murton could be a viable option in right field down the stretch.

    Ronny Cedeno played short today for the struggling Ryan Theriot and picked up an RBI in the process. His biggest issue has been the fielding, which was supposed to be one of his strengths. Theriot is hitting .172 in the month of September and could be worn out. Ronny Cedeno could get more time in the lineup if Theriot’s poor play continues and Cedeno can show he can handle the position.

    Craig Monroe is the only one of the four that I can’t really see getting any serious time down the stretch. He’s not good in CF and would probably take a back seat to Murton in right. Nonetheless, he picked up a hit and scored a run in the win today.

    So who’s your sub down the stretch? Which of these three? Or maybe it’s someone not in the lineup today. Who’s going to be most valuable off the bench and in a role of sub / semi-starter down the stretch?

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    Game 148 & 149 The best of times the worst of times

    Sunday, September 16th, 2007

    I recall hearing a statistic at some point that 75% of double headers are split between both teams. I am not sure if that is true or not, but today it held true to form. The sad part about the day was that the Cubs could have won both games. The happy part about the day was that they also could have lost both games. The rapturous part of the day was that with their split today, the Cubs have won two out of the first three against the Cardinals and have virtually ended their hopes for reaching the playoffs.

    The First Game
    Lou went with an interesting line up in the first game:
    Soriano LF
    Theriot SS
    Lee 1B
    Ward RF
    Jones CF
    DeRosa 3B
    Soto C
    Fontenot 2B

    I think it is somewhat interesting that Lou went with the “weaker” lineup in the morning game, due to the fact that it seemed that Cardinals pitcher Braden Looper had such stronger numbers in day games…although the Cubs did play a night game last night.

    Ted Lilly started the game in a rough fashion giving up two runs in the first on a Jim Edmonds double. He settled down after that and pitched six strong innings giving up no more runs and only four hits total. The bullpen was great all day today. Wood, Marmol, and Dempster pitched the seventh, eight and, ninth innings. Kerry Wood got his first win in over a year and Dempster threw a 1,2,3 ninth inning for the save.

    As I was watching and listening to the game I was thinking that the headline might be about whether or not Alfonso Soriano is doing more to help or hurt the team. Then he steps to the plate in the eighth inning down 2-1. He hits a two run homer to give the Cubs the lead and the eventual win. The Cubs bats were pretty silent only getting five hits in the game.

    The Second Game
    The second game was a game of missed opportunities. The Cubs jumped on Joel Pineiro early. So much so that Tony LaRussa was ready to pull him from the game in the third inning. For the Cards, it was a good thing that he didn’t because from the point on he retired 15 straight batters until he left the game in the seventh.

    Early on the Cubs were hitting Pineiro hard. They scored one in the first on a Ramirez single and two in the second on another Alfonso Soriano home run. In both the first and second innings the Cubs had runners thrown out at the plate. The Cubs also could not drive Derrek Lee home from third base with only one out in the third inning.

    Sean Marshall was bad…I think sealing his fate on a potential playoff roster. The Cardinals stranded the bases loaded in the first and two runners in the second. The turning point of the game came in the third. Sean Marshall struck out Ryan Ludwick on a pitch in the dirt. Jason Kendall made a bonehead play. Instead of waiting of Derrek Lee to make it to first and throw a hard throw to him, he led him to the base with a lob throw in the dirt. Lee could not handle the bounce and the inning fell apart from there. There were walks and doubles and triples, and on and on. Four runs scored, Marshall was pulled from the game. And the scoring was over for the night.

    Marshall’s gruesome numbers:
    2.2 IP 6H 4R 2ER 3BB (3+ WHIP)

    Kerry Wood pitched well again in the second game as did Ohman, Hart, and Eyre.

    The Cubs look to take the series tomorrow. There seems to be a thought that 4 wins was what the Cubs wanted from this trip and that tomorrow’s game is icing. But with the Brewers win tonight there is again only a one game lead in the division.

    A look ahead at the next week sees the Cubs at home to play the Reds for three, finally getting a day off on Thursday and then a weekend series with the Pirates…their final home games of the regular season. The Brewers finish up against the Reds tomorrow and then go on the road to play the Astros and Braves. On a seemingly good note, the Brewers do not have a day off for the rest of the season and sit two behind the Cubs in the win column…in other words they have played two less games and have as many losses as the Cubs have.

    If you’re looking for an outside team to cheer for think about the Phillies. If they stay strong that means the Padres will be playing for the wild card spot in the final four games of the year when the Brewers travel to San Diego.

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    Game 148 & 149 – Preview

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    Game 1 Starters from MLB.com
    Ted Lilly – This will be Lilly’s second start against the Cardinals in a week. He gave up three runs on five hits over seven innings on Monday in a makeup game, striking out seven. Can he top that? Jim Edmonds and So Taguchi both homered off the lefty, who did hold Albert Pujols to a double. Lilly also notched his first career double, driving in a run, as well. His next win will set a career high.

    Braden Looper – Looper saw a run of strong starts end in his last outing, but he remains the Cards’ second-most reliable starter. He’s thrived in daylight, with a 1.74 ERA in day games, so he’ll get the call in the opener of the doubleheader. Looper has also gotten deep into games for the most part, making him a good choice for the beginning of 18 innings of baseball.

    Additional Notes on Looper

  • If you want ground balls, Looper’s your man. His heat can reach the upper 90s and he’s really rough on righties.
  • He has trouble consistently getting his fastball as high as it can go so hitters often wait and tee off on the softer stuff.

    Game 2 Starters from MLB.com
    Sean Marshall – Marshall will make his first start since Aug. 31. That game was against the Astros, and the lefty gave up four runs — one earned — on five hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings. He was switched to the ‘pen when the Cubs acquired Steve Trachsel, and has made one relief outing so far. The Cubs are hoping Marshall can benefit from the time off.

    Joel Pineiro – Pineiro was like Superman in his last start: Up, up and away. He left all of his pitches up in the zone in a five-run fourth inning against the Cubs, and Chicago made him pay. He gave up two home runs, three doubles and a single before leaving. It was by far his worst start since coming over to St. Louis in a deadline deal with Boston.

    Additional Notes on Pineiro

  • He keeps the ball in the park with disorienting movement on his low-90s fastball and effective change-up, but it’s his swooping curve that does most of the damage.
  • Spends a little too much time concentrating on base runners and ends up getting beaten by the hitter. Needs to improve his endurance.

    What to Watch For
    Coming into the day up 1.5 games, we have an opportunity to end the day up 3 games or even tied for first place. How big would it be to sweep this doubleheader, eliminate the Cardinals, and essentially put Milwaukee in a major hole. Let’s take care of business today.


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  • Game 147 – Viva el Cubs

    Friday, September 14th, 2007


    September 14th, 2007

    Teams

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
    Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3   5 7 0
    St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2   3 9 1
    W – C. Zambrano (16-12)  L  - A. Wainwright (13-11) S – B. Howry (8)
    Homeruns: C. Floyd (8) A. Pujols (31) J. Edmonds (12) R. Ludwick (13)

    Box Score

    Sorry for the terrible Spanish, but it was all I could come up with for a title. Len Kasper summed this game up best after the final out. “Ahhhhhhhh.” I couldn’t agree more Len, this is getting to be too much for one digestive tract to take. No wonder some of us here have been discussing being Cubs exhausted. There’s been more up and downs in the past week, than I can remember for most seasons.

    Tonight was complete madness. First I get stuck in traffic for an hour and a half attempting to get to my own league’s game, which I won’t discuss, because I have no business even being allowed to look at a bat right now. Then I miss the first inning, ride home listening to Pat and Ron, and come home just in time to watch Mark DeRosa’s RBI single to score Jason Kendall. Who knew what laid before me, as I quickly made dinner so as not to miss any more of the game.

    Carlos Zambrano has obviously tightened up the screws that were loose in his head. He looked sharp, and made only one mistake, a belt high fastball to Albert Pujols, for a solo shot. If your gonna give up a dinger to the man, make it a solo shot. He’s now tied his career high in wins for a season at 16. I still think he’ll hit 18, especially if he continues to throw like he has in his last two outings.

    Humorously, the real story was the ninth inning, and the man that’s gotten a ton of heat this week Ryan Dempster. I have vehemently defended him all week, and I still will, as the numbers show he’s a fine closer. Not a scare the bejesus out of you closer, but one that gets the job done. Demp just did not have good stuff tonight. Everything was right down the heart of the plate, which ended up in the outfield seats. For those of you that argue for Howry as the closer, tonight also proved that he can struggle too. He gave up two singles to load the bases, before getting a squirelly ground ball up the middle for a ground out. Both of them had pitched over the past series (I believe three days in a row), and they both looked gased.

    We have to remember the key the rest of the way, is wins. Not how ugly or if they were blow outs, but wins. When the Cubs win, their destiny is in their hands. Not that of the Brewers, who were losing at the time I wrote this. We should have a one and a half game lead, and the Cardinals have fallen six back. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Reds overtake them for third place in the division. I predict a split tomorrow, and a win on Sunday. Which should all but eliminate the Cards, and make this a two team race.

    Now if I could just remember where I put the Maalox from the other night….

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