Around The NL Central In Five Sentences; Pie to Minors?

The Cubs get more than enough sentences around here, so here's a look at our divisional brothers:

  • Despite all of their pitching injuries, a shaky closer, and having Cesar Izturis in the lineup most days, the Cards continue to soldier on.
  • Only two NL teams have worse records over the past ten games than the 3-7 Cubs, and the Brewers, with four-homer-hittin', veggie-burger-eatin' Prince Fielder, are one of them.
  • With all of the Reds' young talent, plus Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce waiting in the wings, only a numbskull could get in the way of their becoming a very dangerous team, very soon.
  • That bargain Nate McLouth apparently struck with the devil continues to pay handsome dividends.
  • Sorry, but regardless of Kaz Matsui's contributions to the Astros' recent hot string, I cannot read or hear his name without immediately thinking of the term "anal fissure."

As for Felix Pie, Paul Sullivan writes/reports/spectulates? in the Tribune that one of the possible "changes" Lou Piniella has recently referred to could be the demotion of Felix Pie to Iowa, with Andres Torres--on a 23-game hitting streak for the I-Cubs that has lifted his average to .352--coming to Wrigley Field. Rogers points out that Pie is hitting .061 (2-for-33 with 22 K's) when the count against him gets to two strikes.

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Since their uplifting 9th inning 3-run rally against Kerry Wood and Alfonso Soriano to defeat the Cubs, the Brewers have lost 6 straight.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have basically sucked on the mound, in the field and at the plate since then.

A good homestand would be a very, very good idea.

Not Rogers--Sullivan.

Indeed. Thanks for the catch.

Don't get too excited about Andres Torres, Phil, er, Paul. He is the classic journeyman whose 20+ hitting streak is owed,in no small measure, to his bunting prowess[for which he should be accorded all due respect]. Call him Juan Pierre Light. Also, re: 'your' Iowa Cubs, Hoffpauir's return resulted in the demotion of the team's leading run producer [Jake Fox] to AA; sort of like one of Viagra's side effects being man-breasts...Kevin Hart was stretched to almost 70 pitches yesterday and whiffed six in three+ scoreless innings - no walks!

Not sure 70 pitches in 3 innings is a "woo hoo!" event....

Are the Cubs looking at Hart as a starter or a long reliever now?

Torres's numbers are pretty impressive at this point, being outmatched in average and obp by only Matt Murton in Iowa (who STILL has yet to hit anything for extra bases--21 singles), but the fact he's doing a lot of it with bunting and he still strikes out a ton is not encouraging. He makes more sense as a bench player than Pie does, though, and Pie has been starting only sporadically. However, if the Cubs aren't sticking with Pie as a starter, they need to look for one. Reed Johnson's numbers don't look so great anymore. What are the chances Ronny Cedeno or Eric Patterson (who's AAA numbers look pretty weak) get a shot at CF if Pie is demoted?

speaking of Juan Pierre, that little bitch has a 380 OBP. Where that come from? It was over .400 earlier in the week.

okay, it was 67 pitches in three and two thirds; no walks, no runs, six k's...no 'woo-hoo', but encouraging...

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