First Star – Geovany Soto (.110)
Second Star – Ryan Theriot (.097)
Third Star – Ryan Dempster (.085)
Top Play – 1st Inning – Geovany Soto homered (Fly). Aramis Ramirez scored. Mark DeRosa scored. (+.108)


Soto Power The Flying Scotsman trailer – I think it’s safe to say Geo is back and ready for action. After two hits in game one, he came back tonight with two home runs, both three run shots. If I had to vote right now, he’s my NL rookie of the year with Fukudome a close second. Remember the last time we had guys finish 1st and 2nd in the ROY voting? I do, it was 1989 when Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith did it. Let’s just hope both guys go on to have better careers than those two jokers.

Podcast Notes – I’m a big fan of podcasts. I have a number that I subscribe to and listen to each day. Two of my favorites are the Waddle and Silvy podcast on ESPN 1000 and Stat of the Week with John Dewan and Mike Murphy. As I was driving home from work, both shows gave me some choice nuggets that I thought I’d share with you.

Ned Yost was on with Waddle and Silvy before Tuesday night’s game to talk about the series. As he did, he issued two rather curious statements. First, he mentioned that Mike Cameron returning to the lineup was huge for the team because he provided a bat that can “hit for average”. Now, I may be wrong, but Cameron does not hit for average and never has. A quick check of his Baseball Reference page reveals that his career high is .273. He’s a career .251 hitter. I sure hope Ned wasn’t the one that came up with the idea of bringing him in. If he was, and he feels like he’s a contact hitter, the Brewers are in big trouble. Later in the interview, Yost went on to say that Eric Gagne has been fine all year and that the two blown saves were the result of a wet mound. Again, a quick check on BR shows that Gagne has blown four saves this year, not two, and one of them was in Milwaukee with the dome closed. Maybe Ned just doesn’t watch the games. Can you really blame him?

Stat of the Week granted me another choice nugget courtesy of Hawk Harrelson. A few days ago they were discussing stats in the booth. Hawk mentioned that OBP was another “overrated” stat and went on to say that it comes down to old school baseball. You get guys on, get them over, and then get them in. Um, Hawk? Isn’t that the whole point of what OBP measures? How often you’re “getting guys on”? I’m fine with people not being stat guys, but to completely dismiss even the most basic stats like the percentage of plate appearances a guy gets on base is just retarded. Quick talking out of your rear end and get a clue, Hawk.

Cubs Interested in OF? – According to Inside the Ivy “A baseball source indicated Tuesday that the Cubs are interested in adding a veteran bat to their Triple-A roster.” The story went on to mention that “The Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday released 29-year-old OF Val Pascucci from their Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League.”

Juan Mateo may be calling it quits according to Inside the Ivy. The guy has faced a pair of demotions early on and I can’t say that I blame him. He’s only 25 though. I would hope he thinks about this a little more before making a decision on that. At the same time, he is on the 40 man roster, which would open up a spot if the Cubs wanted to promote a guy like Jose Ceda down the road.

Cubs Sign Lee Hak-ju from Korea – Supposedly this guy would be a first round type guy if he were draft eligible. We’ll see what happens with that.

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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