Please forgive me for not being as comprehensive and analytical as Joe but I just had to post about this game. As usual it was a Cubs rollercoaster – this time it was a bunch of downward spirals and a thrilling ride. I really feel sorry for Jim Riggleman – he’s a nice guy and a very good coach but he’s in way over his head. He’s got a team that has a whole lot of potential in terms of starting pitching and a few decent field players (Nyjer Morgan, Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman) but this is essentially the Washington Senators. I watched ’em growing up and I’m watching ’em again. The difference is that they’re now playing in a quality ballpark. You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.
That notwithstanding the Cubs swept a four game series in one that I thought was hopefully going to end in a 3-1. I would feel good about it if I were a Cub – we won a series that we had to win going into a series against a team that could very well repeat as the World Series champions. The 2009 Phillies look improved to me – they have guys like AJ Happ and Ryan Madsen that are getting the job done and I really don’t expect these role players to be stars. But they are pushing the team forward with their contributions and guys like Utley are doing what you think they should do; if Rollins started performing this team could be hard to beat. I got rid of Jimmy Rollins in one of my fantasy teams after he rode the bench for about 8 weeks – totally useless as a fantasy player!
Coming up is a crucial three game series – two out of three would be huge. One out of three would be like kissin’ yer sister and I don’t want to consider the third option. Sam Fuld was optioned to Iowa to make room for Hart, let’s hope that doesn’t come back to bite us. I was very disappointed with Fukudome’s bonehead running mistake but appreciated his leadoff hit, let’s hope we don’t miss Fuld!