I didn't get to see yesterday's victory, but the Yahoo play-by-play
and box score
made it appear like we played a good, fundamentally sound game. I mean, a one-run win on a suicide squeeze, good starting pitching, solid bullpen work, an outfield assist and three hits by Cesar Izturis. And I'm in no mood to wake up from my daydream, so let me keep believing that we actually played a good game.
As for this Rich Hill character, he seems to have one very troubling problem.....
The San Diego Padres.
Rich vs the Padres: 9 IP, 10.00 ERA, 7 HR
Rich vs. the Rest of Baseball: 86 IP, 2.42 ERA, 8 HR
And that second number even includes two less than spectacular outings versus the best offense in the NL
(Phillies) and the East's best New York Mets
who were second in runs scored when Hill faced them.
Some trade rumors after the jump...
The Sun-Times speculates
that Jacque Jones could be moved by Monday to make room for a 12th pitcher and the likely suitors are the Padres, Rangers or White Sox. At this point, I think that Hendry and particularly Tribco would be thrilled to do anything to get his 2008 contract off the books. So something involving the Cubs paying the rest of his 2007 salary and some minor league roster fodder (hey David Aardsma and Andy Sisco aren't doing much) in exchange for JJ and his 2008 salary would probably thrill the powers that be at this point. And most of the fans.
The same article says Izturis is on the trading block as well. Likely destinations include Timbuktu, the end zone in Giants Stadium, or maybe the Tigers need someone to keep Neifi busy on the bench.