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I’ll get right to the point. I’m tired of losing and I’m tired of the “it’s still early” talk. I watched last night and actually thought I would see a no hitter. When the no no was over, I went made my way to the other room to work on some stuff. I came back into the living room only to see that the lead was gone and we’re in extras. Absolutely ridiculous. I can’t take it anymore. I can’t take mediocre baseball, and that’s what this team is prone to producing. Blame it on one player if you like, but it’s a team that gets measured in the standings and right now that team sits in 4th place, four games back, with eight more road games to play before coming back to Wrigley and their best hitter on the DL. Things are not good.

Here is what I need to see this road trip for me to feel better. I wrote these before the start of yesterday’s game.

  1. City of Rott ipod 6 wins – Playing Atlanta, Houston and Cincinnati, there really isn’t any reason why we couldn’t win 2 of 3 in each series. It made it a little tougher to do it versus Atlanta now, but I don’t see why we should expect any less on this trip if we’re going to be major players in this division.
  2. Two or more HR by two of either Lee, Soto or Bradley – Lee hit one last night, but Bradley went down with a day to day leg injury. That puts some pressure on Geo to start hitting for some power. It’s time for our heart of the order type guys to step up. Lee has done a good job lately and has gotten that average up. He can’t carry this team, so we need the other two to begin to produce and I want to see it happen on this trip.
  3. Night of the Comet on dvd At least one start for Jake Fox – Don’t even start with the fielding garbage. What we’re doing right now is not working. It’s time to try something new, even if it’s for one game. Give the guys like Fox and Hoffpauir as many at bats as possible to see what they bring to the table, primarily because they’re hungry to play. Both were in the minors longer than they would have liked and want to show what they’ve got. Throw Fox out there. I don’t care where you put him. Put him in RF for Bradley. Put him in LF to give Sori a night off with his leg. Put him at 3B, where he’s worked with Trammel over the last week. Just put him in there. I’ll take an error or fielding miscue if it means we’re trying new things. I’m not afraid of failure, we’ve been doing it for 100+ years, but I get excited when I think of the possibility of success.

    Fast Lane film

Redbelt download

Down on the Farm

Iowa 0, Nashville 3 - Box Score

Mark will be recapping a game or two in this series, which is good because there was nothing to see here.

Tennessee 0, Carolina 1Box Score

Can Mark recap this one too? The Smokies have now lost 10 straight. Nothing to see here either. Ty Wright did go 2-for-4 at the plate and is hitting .282 on the year. Casey Coleman had a good start over 6.2 IP, allowing 8 H and 0 R despite 5 BB. He got the ND but has an ERA of 2.91 this season.

Daytona 1, Sarasota 6Box Score

Tony Campana went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Robinson Chirinos was held without a HR after hitting two grand slams and two non-grand slams over the weekend. He did drive in his 25th RBI though and is hitting .364. Perhaps Geo should begin to worry. =)

Peoria vs. Beloit – Suspended due to rain

Max Manus download


Baseball America Minor League Transactions

Released: RHP Jesse Estrada, OF Richie Robnett
Acquired: 3B Anderson Machado from Pirates for future considerations
Recalled: 1B Jake Fox, 2B Bobby Scales
Added to 40-man roster: LHP Jason Waddell, SS Andres Blanco
Optioned to Triple-A: LHP Neal Cotts, 2B Bobby Scales
Reinstated from DL: LHP Jeremy Papelbon, 2B Robinson Chirinos

Like good magicians, the Cubs made Michael Wuertz disappear into thin air. Chicago dealt the righthanded reliever, who’s doing fine in Oakland, thank you, to the Athletics in the February trade for middle infielder Justin Sellers and outfielder Richie Robnett. Sellers the Cubs simply dumped on the Dodgers for minimal compensation, while Robnett they recently flat-out released.

Congratulations to Fox, who has gone 3-for-7 in his first four big league games of ‘08. If you followed the minors at all this season, then you’re aware of the huge numbers posted by the slugging first baseman (who’s seen a bit of time at third, too) at Triple-A Iowa. The 26-year-old Fox batted .424/.503/.881 in 151 at-bats, mashing 17 home runs in 41 games while leading the minors in average, on-base percentage and slugging.

The Cubs liked what they saw in spring training from Waddell, a 27-year-old lefty reliever who joined the organization as a minor league free agent after eight years and nary a taste of Triple-A with the Giants. He received the callup despite not being all that effective with Iowa, posting a 12-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 2/3 innings and allowing an .893 OPS to lefthanded batters. At his best, the quick-working Waddell pumps strikes across the plate with a high-80s fastball and a sweeping curveball that he delivers from a cross-body delivery. The Giants made him an eighth-round pick out of Riverside (Calif.) CC in ‘01. (Source

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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