Archive for May, 2011

Cubs / Red Sox Series Preview

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Doug Davis vs. Jon Lester

Making his first big league start since last July, Davis gave up four hits and walked one over five innings, striking out six. He may be the temporary fix the Cubs need for the back end of the rotation. Lester has won his last five decisions and five of his last six starts. He had to battle in his last game against the Yankees, a four-run, six-inning performance. Of slight concern are the combined nine walks in his last two starts.

Carlos Zambrano vs. Alfredo Aceves

The Reds snapped Zambrano’s road winning streak at 10 games in his most recent start. He faced the Red Sox once — June 11, 2005, at Wrigley Field — when he gave up four runs on five hits over five innings. The swingman will make his first start in a Boston uniform, replacing the injured Daisuke Matsuzaka. Aceves made two starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, posting a 5.63 ERA. He has made 11 relief appearances for the Sox, producing a 2.60 ERA.

Matt Garza vs. Tim Wakefield

Garza is very familiar with Boston after spending the last five years in the American League. The right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 110 1/3 innings against the Red Sox. He is 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA in nine career starts at Fenway Park. For the third time this month, Wakefield will make a spot start. This time, he pitches in place of John Lackey, who was placed on the DL with a right elbow strain. Wakefield recently became the oldest player to ever participate in a game for the Sox.

Troy Patterson scouts the Red Sox

Who’s Hot – On the offense it’s pretty clear that Adrian Gonzalez is the best thing going right now.  The team is starting to get more consistent, but Gonzalez is what has this offense going every night.  His walk rate is a bit lower than most expected, but you could say he’s trying to do more with the bat right now.  As for pitchers you need look no further than Beckett and Buchholz.  In his last six starts Buchholz has an ERA of 2.15 and Beckett has an ERA of 1.72 in his last 5.

Who’s Not – The other big signing has quietly slipped back into a funk and Carl Crawford has hit only .234/.250/.298 in the last two weeks.  He can hide right now on this roster and while they are winning the attention will be less, but his OPS of .522 needs to be much higher by the All-Star break or things will get worse for him.  As for pitching we couldn’t have a wider stretch from hot to not as John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka have left the Red Sox hunting for pitching.  Whoever they get to fill their spots while on the DL couldn’t be any worse, but the team would have to hope just for a solid inning total to keep the pen fresh.

News / Notes - Outside of some curious DL decisions the team has largely been able to quite many of the questions early this season.  Currently standing 2.5 games back of the Rays and only 2 behind the Yankees the team is ready to put the bad start out of memory.  They could be looking to catch both teams this weekend, which could add more urgency to these games.

Prediction for the series – I’m going to say the Red Sox win the series 2-1 with Lester giving us a win in the first game and pulling a game out between the starts by Tim Wakefield or Alfredo Aceves.  I think it’s more likely we win against Carlos Zambrano as Matt Garza has pitched well against the Red Sox in the past.  I think defense will play in the series as well and the Red Sox have the better all around defense in this matchup.

Troy blogs about the Red Sox for Firebrand, part of the ESPN Sweet Spot Network.

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VFTB Prediction Contest

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The VFTB Weekly Prediction Contest
Official Rules

  • Each week, on Friday morning, we will open the ballot for predictions on five questions for the games running that Mon – Fri. Questions will, for the most part, be Cubs related but may vary based on what is going on in the season. Each entry must be completed in full with guesses for each of the five questions. Ballot locks Monday morning at 7am Eastern time.
  • Stats will be compiled based on the total number someone is off on each of the five questions. The entrant deemed to be the closest cumulatively among the five questions will be awarded the weekly prize from the VFTB prize pool and be entered to compete in the playoff edition come October for the grand prize, a $100 gift certificate to the Wrigleyville Sports online store.
  • You may win more than once over the course of the season, so continue to play. Each time you win it gives you that many more chances to play come playoff time for the grand prize.
  • Winners and questions will be announced in the Friday post each week, with winners being notified via e-mail to confirm and claim their prize.

Update From Week 6

The winner is:
SusanK

Here are the top performers:

SusanK – 36
odie – 46
Dragon – 47
Zach Fisher – 49
Timo – 60
John R Santoro – 62
Mike Mahon – 67
chris in illinois – 72
BuckeyeLakerCub – 79
cap’n obvious – 81

Here is the link to the full report

Enter to Play This Week

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Game 42 – Sweeping the Fish

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Cubs 5, Marlins 1

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Casey Coleman – Down the stretch last year, Coleman looked really good in the rotation. It gave me a little confidence in his ability when Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner went down. This year has been a little different. In eight starts last year, Colemand had a game score of 58 or more. Through six starts coming into last night, just one. Last night he looked really good, striking out hitters and getting ground balls. It was a different type of outing than we’ve seen from Coleman and it all started with his ability to get out of the big inning and prevent a breakdown with two outs and runners on 1st and 2nd in the first inning. Even his fastball was riding in faster than normal. With the news of Cashner’s setback, we’ll be seeing Coleman in the rotation for the next few months, at least.
  • Middle of the Order – It’s be a soft spot on this team all year, but the heart of the order got the job done tonight. There are those that don’t like Starlin Castro hitting third, but he drove in a pair and went 2-for-5. Carlos Pena chipped in with a hustle double and a walk and is seeing that batting average slowly creep closer to the career average. What people are not mentioning about Pena is that for the month of May, he’s hitting .327 / .452 / .653 with 5 HR, 12 BB and 10 R.
  • The Bullpen – It was a pretty ho hum type of night once the pen came in with the exception of the bomb to LF served up by Kerry Wood. Other than that, the pen continues to be a major strength of this team. I believe Cashner will slot back into the pen when he returns, which makes a strength even stronger.

What Went Wrong

  • Darwin Barney – He was the only starter that failed to get a hit in the game. Even Koyie Hill notched a hit. Speaking of Hill, he’s riding a three game hit streak now.

Misc. Notes

  • Hanley Ramirez picked up an error in the 1st on a ground ball by Fukudome. He took a really weird route to the ball to begin with but then tried to field the ball at a really weird angle with the glove. The whole play looked very little leaguesque.
  • Tyler Colvin made his debut with the Iowa Cubs and went 0-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. (Box Score)
  • Bob Brenly talked a little bit about rules from a hitting standpoint when a balk is involved. I never knew that if the pitcher delivers the pitch, but a balk was called in the process that it’s fair game for the hitter to swing. In addition to that, and this was the part that really surprised me, was that if the hitter gets a hit as a result, it counts. If he makes an out, it doesn’t count. It’s almost like the offsides play in football. Go for the home run. All it can yield is good things.
  • The Cubs are now 75-74 all time in the series against the Marlins

Question for Discussion – This weekend puts the Cubs in Boston, which means there will be a DH involved. What is your lineup with the DH, position by position. Here is mine.

Fukudome – RF
Barney – 2B
Castro – SS
Ramirez – 3B
Pena – 1B
Byrd – CF
Soriano – DH
Hill / Castillo – C
Campana – LF

My thinking is that even though I think Campana is a better hitter than our catchers, using his speed at the bottom makes him a speedy “leadoff” guy once the lineup turns over. Soriano needs to DH. The idea of him battling the green monster scares the ever lovin’ daylights out of me and has had me waking up in cold sweats for the last two nights. What about you guys? What’s your lineup?

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star– Casey Coleman (.273 WPA)

2nd Star –Marlon Byrd (.122 WPA)

3rd Star– John Buck (.115 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Mark 4-3 (.571)

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Joe 9-10 (.474)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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Game 41 – A Team Win…Finally

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Cubs 7, Marlins 5

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game


Tonight the Cubs got the best of the Marlins, courtesy of a game-winning homerun by Marlin Byrd. All told it was a 7-5 victory, a see-saw affair that saw the Cubs scatter thirteen hits and come back from a fifth inning deficit to win a game that they really needed to win. Some highlights and observations on the game:

What went right:

  • Lots of contributions offensively: Fukudome went 2-4 (now hitting .330,) Barney really impressed me despite the fact that he was 0-4. He hit the ball where it needed to be hit and accounted for two RBIs by playing smart baseball. Byrd hit a towering homerun to win the game and is quietly hitting .307; Hill went three for three but even did well in his next at bat bunting Campana to third (who later scored.) I’m really liking what I’m seeing from Campana, this guy is exciting to watch on the basepaths and he’ll give Colvin plenty of time to get his game back on track. Reed Johnson got Dempster off the hook with a two-run homer while pinch-hitting for Dempster. Fukudome is hitting .330, Barney .333, Castro .329, Ramirez .290, Byrd .307 – great offensive resurgence by the Cubs!
  • No errors – the only bone-headed play was Soriano out-running a single in left but it didn’t affect the score.
  • Good game management by Quade, with the exception of his decision on Dempster in the fifth (more explanation later.) I like how he brought the Shark in, watched him carefully and let him finish the seventh. Then he substituted Marshall, who got the job done. The Cubs pen is now sizing up well with Samardzija at 2.96 ERA, Marshall at 1.53 (H-9) and Marmol at 1.49 (S-9.)
  • The Cubs didn’t give up – they could have after the fifth and they were playing against a quality righthander – one the Cubs gave up for Juan Pierre. Nolasco now sports a 3.32 ERA.

What went wrong:

  • Ryan Dempster melted down again in the fifth. This is the third game that I’ve recapped where Dempster pitched masterfully, only to lose it in the middle innings. I noticed Ryan with his arm wrapped tight in the middle of the fifth, granted it’s not unusual for pitchers to wrap their arms between innings. But it seems to me that he’s having issues with endurance and it doesn’t appear to be any sort of malaise. After hitting the game-tying homerun to get Dempster off the hook Reed Johnson went to put his arm around Ryan and he walked away dejected. He seems frustrated by his own pitching and it’s not because he’s not trying. I’m wondering if he’s possibly fighting through an injury, this guy is not one to give up without giving it his all. The Cubs right hander now sports a 6.91 ERA.
  • Some idiot decided to streak the game and do a cartwheel before being arrested. Welcome to the Florida State Sex Offender Registry you moron!
  • Hanley Ramirez can’t seem to get his act together – granted he hit a homerun to the opposite field. But he is hitting with his eyes closed sometimes and his body parts aren’t working together – this guy has what it takes to be one of the best players in the game but it’s not happening now.

Thankfully Cubs fans that watched the last two games were rewarded with a win, tomorrow night the Cubs will play the Marlins on CSN beginning at 6:10 CDT.

Around the league:

  • Bob Brenly had the honor of taking down a number on a countdown for the oft-named Marlins ballpark, their new stadium is becoming ready for the 2012 season with 56 games remaining. To me “Sun Life” is a little shop of horrors, I’ll be glad to see the day when the Cubs don’t have to play there again. It is a bad baseball venue and Miami fans have consistently voted the same way with their wallets. The team will be renamed the Miami Marlins in 2012, hopefully the same will one day happen with the Nashville Titans and the Denver Rockies.
  • Pirates Watch: Charlie Morton is now 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA. Where did this guy come from? He hasn’t pitched this well since leaving Atlanta. Brad Lincoln is pitching well for AAA Indianapolis, striking out 23 in 25 innings pitched. Look for him to come up soon.
  • Matt Holliday has a quad injury and had to leave Wednesday’s game.

On this date in baseball history:

  • 1931: Babe Herman hit for the cycle for the first of two times that season. Two years later as a Cub he did it again, making him one of only two players to hit for the cycle three times during the 20th century.
  • 1990: RyneSandberg’s 123 game error streak came to an end. I can actually remember seeing the play, you knew it had to end sooner or later.
  • 2004: Randy Johnson threw a perfect game against the Diamondbacks at age 40, making him the oldest pitcher ever to throw triple zeroes. It was his second career no-hitter.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star– Reed Johnson (.258 WPA)

2nd Star – Greg Dobbs (.201 WPA)

3rd Star– Jeff Samardzija (.164 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Mark 4-3 (.571)

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Joe 8-10 (.444)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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Cubs / Marlins Series Preview

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Ryan Dempster vs. Ricky Nolasco

Dempster notched his third straight quality start in his last outing vs. the Giants, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out a season-high 11, his 13th career double-digit K game. The difference? Better execution of his pitches. Due to a rainout in New York on Tuesday, Nolasco has been pushed back one day. The right-hander, a fourth-round pick of the Cubs in 2001, is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA lifetime against his former team. Nolasco’s 57 wins are second in franchise history.

Casey Coleman vs. Chris Volstad

Coleman was roughed up in his last start, giving up six runs over 4 1/3 innings. He’s a Florida kid, so he’ll have lots of family and friends in the stands. Volstad gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings in a win over the Nats. He left the ball up and struggled at times. Edwin Rodriguez said the team is going to keep working with him on keeping the ball down because that will make a difference.

Craig Strain scouts the Marlins

Who’s Hot – Gaby Sanchez is hottest hitter for the Marlins. In fact, he was named NL Player of the Week on May 7. In the last 30 days Gaby has put up the following slash stats: .330/.410/.563. He is a gap to gap hitter who leads the team in BA, RBI and is second in HR.

Greg Dobbs has started to pick up the pace. While the Marlins are platooning him where he only starts against right-handed pitchers, that should come into play in the Cubs series. In the last 30 days .308/.352/.431.

Mike Stanton is showing signs of coming out of the doldrums but that may be just because the Marlins were recently playing the Nationals on the road and he hits very well in Nationals Park.

Anibal Sanchez is the Marlins hottest pitcher, but you won’t see him on this trip. However Ricky Nolasco isn’t doing too bad. In his last 5 starts, he threw a total of 33.2 innings, allowing 28 hits, walking 8, striking 34 for a 2.41 ERA during that time.

Who’s Not – Hanley Ramirez to be certain. Hanley hasn’t been hot all season as I’m sure everyone who drafted him in Fantasy Baseball will attest. In the last 30 days his slash stats are .190/.267/.276 which is about on par with his whole season. The thoughts in the Marlins organization is that this can’t keep going on forever, he is just too talented to do so.

Chris Coghlan has also hit a cold spell. In the last 30 days he has produced 225/.304/.373. Now, Cogz is a little different story in that he isn’t hitting lefties at all this year. His slash stats for the year against lefties is .111/.149/.133 and against right-handed pitching .301/.380/.513. The Marlins have played against a lot of left-handed starters recently and unsurprisingly Coghlan is now in a slump.

The Marlins coldest pitcher is Javy Vazquez, but you won’t see him this trip.

News & Notes – Logan Morrison has reached base in every game he has played this season. Which, granted, is just 19 games but still, he is the only Marlin to do that.

The Marlins are 8-7 in the month of May after going 13-9 in April.

The team has already had two games rained out this season but neither of them were at home. That stat won’t last, but the rainouts in Florida normally happen in the summer. Not this time of year.

Predictions -  Game one, in the series, will most interesting since the Cubs generally, to the chagrin of most Cubs fans, have trouble scoring runs off of Nolasco. Nolasco is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA against the Cubbies. While the Marlins have never hit former Marlin Ryan Dempster well. Dempster in fours starts has a 1.08 ERA against the Fish.

This one could turn into a battle of the bullpens.

Game two features two home grown Florida boys. So both pitchers will have lots of family and friends in the stands. While Chris Volstad hasn’t been great so far, the Marlins strangely win his starts. Since the 2010 All-Star break the Marlins are 15-5 when Volstad starts. Don’t ask me why.

While Coleman has only made one start in Florida, he did reasonably well in it getting the win.

Oh, I don’t know. I will say the Cubs take the first game because the Marlins just can’t solve Dempster and the Marlins will win the second, because that is what they do. So a split.

Craig blogs about the Marlins on Fish Stripes, part of the SB Nation network of blogs

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Chet’s Corner: I Can’t Look……

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

I decided last week, after game 2 of the Giants series, that I am going to take a pass on Cubs baseball until they play the Red Sox this weekend. 

It’s weird, kind of like a drug withdrawal I suppose.  At first, I found myself automatically turning on the Reds game this week, and then realizing the deal I made with myself…..no Cubs for one week.  After turning the channel I even started shaking a bit with some nervous fidgeting.  The Cubbie DT’s if you will.

The first few days were rough, some bad reality TV coupled with a few movie rentals.  I guess I figured that if watching the Cubs was damaging my overall morale to the extent that it was, then some time off was a good thing.  In some ways it has been. 

The only leak in my cure was that I still let myself view the box scores.  It’s almost worse! When I saw 23 men left on base in last nights contest it made me ill.  The night before we left 18.  That’s 41 men left on base over two games in a hitters ballpark.  The worst part was seeing no earned runs and four errors.  I then looked closer and saw that we had the lead through most of the game and we blew it!!!

Nobody is safe in these stats too.  Yes, Carlos Pena is finally cranking the ball out of the park.  Thank god we paid the 10 mill for something.  He is, however,  making up for contributing nothing in April.  Even our beloved Kerry Wood has chinks in is armor.  I count two games that have gone to hell and a handbasket in is last few appearances.  A trend?  You never know with Woody.

You see, that is part of the problem with this team.  It’s inconsistent.  We don’t consistently pitch well, we don’t consistently hit well, and we don’t consistently field well.  When we plug one hole, another pops up.   This ship is taking on water and there aren’t enough buckets to go around.

The lack of identity plagues this ballclub and has for some time.  It is a lack of consistency in any area of the game that keeps the identity from being defined.  When a good team gets down, or is stuck in a slump, they fall back on their identity, they tend to think “we need to get back to being this type of ballclub, that’s who we are.”

What do the Cubs say?  What type of ballclub are they?

Seriously, what is this team good at consistently,  besides leaving men on base and making errors?

Oh yes, I forgot,  I do know one thing…… they are great at making their fans miserable.

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Game 40 – Giving It Up Easy

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Cubs 5, Reds 7

Box Score / Game Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Carlos hit a 3 run bomb that caused Jay Bruce to just give a courtesy look as it sailed out into the right field bleachers. That gives Pena homeruns in five of his last twelve games. For a slow start, the power appears to be coming. What was the most encouraging was the home run game with two runners on base, one of them courtesy of a hit by pitch. These are situations the Cubs have failed to capitalize on. Tonight they took advantage early.
  • Coming out to the mound with a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, Garza got the first two hitters relatively easily, but looked like he was going to choke up the lead when he issued back to back walks to Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, but he rallied and struck out Jay Bruce to shut down the Reds rally.
  • We took the lead going into the bottom of the 7th. That’s my goal each and every game for this team. Get the lead and give it to Marshall / Wood / Marmol at the end and most nights that’s gonna do it.

What Went Wrong

  • Fielding was atrocious. The Reds scored seven runs and didn’t earn a single one of them. An error on Carlos Pena on a ground ball followed by a wild throw by Matt Garza to the plate that had no business being made in the first place let the Reds tie the game up early and then a key wild throw to third allowed three more runs to score in the 8th thanks to Kerry Wood. Errors are going to happen, it just seems like they’re happening in so many key spots for this team.

Misc. News / Notes

  • Before tonight’s game, the Cubs optioned Tyler Colvin and Marcos Mateo to AAA and Selected the contract for Tony Campana and recalled Scott Maine. I had a chance to see Campana play two years ago with the Smokies and the kid can flat out fly down the line to first base. He’ll make the infielders nervous on ground balls if they bobble at all.
  • Wild stuff in the 6th inning. Matt Garza walked off the field after striking out Miguel Cairo who proceeded to walk off the field and then suddenly ran to first base and was awarded 1st. The call was that it was a dropped 3rd strike, but rule 6.09 clearly states that a batter is out if he leaves the batting circle. The ump blew that call bad.
  • Randy Wells made his first rehab start for the Peoria Chiefs, going 3.2 innings and taking the loss.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star– Ryan Hanigan (.459 WPA)

2nd Star – Edinson Volquez (.276 WPA)

3rd Star– Carlos Pena (.265 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Mark 3-3 (.500)

Joe 8-10 (.444)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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The Red Menace

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Recently a friend asked me what I had against the Cincinnati Reds. After all, who didn’t love watching the 1970s Big Red Machine?

With all due respect to Johnny Bench and company, the 2011 Reds turn my stomach. Here are a few of the many reasons…

  • Dusty Baker: I wasn’t a Dusty fan before he came to Chicago. After several years of watching him ride Cubs starting pitchers into the ground, my dislike intensified. The icing on the cake was 2005. That was the year Dusty gave out-making specialist Neifi Perez 609 plate appearances. If that isn’t lineup sabotage, I don’t know what is.
  • Bronson Arroyo: As if his hair wasn’t annoying enough, the Reds starting pitcher smacked two homers against the Cubs in 2006. Arroyo has topped the enemy list ever since.
  • Aroldis Chapman: Radar gun watchers love Chapman, but so far he’s completely overrated. Yes the kid has a big-time arm, but the hype surrounding this wild, unproven lefty is truly sickening. In case you’re scoring at home, Chapman has walked 25 batters in 26.1 innings for his career. He may be a star some day, but he also may be the next Robbie Beckett.
  • Jonny Gomes: Bad attitude, bad haircut, bad spelling of his first name. That’s more than enough to make the list.
  • Brandon Phillips: Speaking of bad attitude, is there anything to like about this guy? OK, he’s a great defensive player. And yes he has decent power for a middle infielder. But his career on-base percentage is .318. Why fans and members of the media treat this guy like the second coming of Chase Utley is beyond me.
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Game 39 – What Happened?

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Cubs 4, Reds 7

Box Score / Video Highlights

WHAT WENT RIGHT

  • The Cubs made Homer Bailey work in the first inning. Bailey labored through 33 pitches, walking the bases loaded. Unfortunately, he also struck out the side.
  • Carlos Pena led off the fifth inning with a lucky check-swing infield hit. Koyie Hill came through with a hit-and-run single to right. Zambrano grounded to third, but Pena scored on a bad throw to the plate. Darwin Barney cashed in the Cubs second run with a one-out single the other way.
  • Marlon Byrd drilled a single to right with one away in the sixth. Pena followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-0 Cubs.

WHAT WENT WRONG

  • The Cubs let Bailey off the hook in the second inning, going out in order on only nine pitches.
  • Starlin Castro grounded into a double play to wipe out a third-inning rally.
  • After five solid innings, Zambrano fell apart in the sixth. The Reds roughed up Big Z for six runs, and just like that the lead was gone.
  • Marcos Mateo came in and almost killed Jonny Gomes with a pitch near his head. It sailed to the backstop and allowed another run to come home. Gomes dusted himself off and swatted the next pitch out of the ballpark. The Reds never looked back.

ANOTHER BATCH OF RANDOM THOUGHTS

My wife thinks that I’ve been pretty negative lately. I can’t imagine why. The Cubs are under .500, gas is $4 a gallon, and it rains almost every day. Anyway, I’m determined to change my bad behavior. In the spirit of positivity, here are a few things I’m thankful for in 2011:

  • Starlin Castro! ‘Nuff said!
  • Kosuke Fukudome is flourishing in the lead-off spot.
  • Matt Garza seems to be on the right track.
  • Randy Wells will be back in the rotation soon.
  • Sean Marshall is still cleaning up in the pen.
  • Carlos Silva no longer calls Wrigley Field home.
  • The White Sox are crappier than the Cubs.
  • The Yankees are falling apart.
  • The Lakers are watching the playoffs on TV.
  • The Bulls destroyed the Heat on Sunday night.
  • Chad Johnson made a fool of himself on national television (if you haven’t seen the footage of his lame bull-riding attempt, check it out on YouTube).
  • Donald Trump isn’t running for President.
  • I didn’t get crushed by a meteor today. The streak continues!

How’s that for the power of positive thinking?

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star– Jay Bruce (.247 WPA)

2nd Star – Darwin Barney (.171 WPA)

3rd Star– Scott Rolen (.132 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Mark 3-3 (.500)

Joe 8-9 (.471)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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