The weekend is coming, the Cubs were on the losing end of the division-clincher (sort of
) last night, and not even the fact that the game was called on account of rain with the tying run on-deck can excite me enough to string together a full column. Who knows, maybe Jose Macias would have gotten on, and then Mighty Jerry would have hit a game-tying grand slam, but we'll never know, will we?
Anyway, on to the bullets...
* I flipped on Wednesday night's game when I got home from Washington D.C. and it was the bottom of the 10th inning, and I swear to God, the first thought that went through my head was, "how are the Cubs going to blow this game?" It's sad, but what's even sadder is that they managed to do it in the very next inning by walking the leadoff batter, making the wrong throw on a sacrifice bunt, and making the wrong throw on a sacrifice fly. Van Buren, Hill, and Hairston thus add themselves to the long, long list of Cubs who apparently never learned the fundamentals of the game. I haven't seen a team this poor in the basics since I don't know when. By the time Sean Casey hit his inevitable bases-clearing double, I didn't have the energy to complain about why Hairston was playing so shallow. It's just demoralizing sometimes.
* Since I turned on the game late, I missed Michael Barrett getting hit in the head, but it looks like he could be back in the lineup
as soon as today. He appears to have avoided a concussion, which is good news.
* How about that Matt Murton? It's Small Sample Size City, but it looks like maybe he can make it at the major league level. Hopefully the 100 ABs he got this year will convince Dusty to give him a shot at a full-time job next spring. Bruce Miles has some advice for Dusty
on how to take credit for Murton's success.
* If you want to read Paul Sullivan's version of the exact same notes that are in Mike Kiley's piece, it's right here
. Kiley does scoop Sullivan on the whole "Nomar and Mia are class acts" story, but other than that it seems like the beat reporters' seasons are winding down, too.
* Former TCRer Derek Smart writes about What Went Wrong this year over at Baseball Anaylsts
. Good stuff. We'll have our own versions up in the next few weeks.
* Predicted Cardinals line-up for today's post-clinch game:
CF: So Taguchi
2B: Hector Luna
1B: Chris Duncan
LF: Reggie Sanders
3B: Scott Seabol
RF: John Mabry
SS: Abraham Nunez
C: Mike Mahoney
[UPDATE 2:00 PM]
GAME 148 IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (94-54) @ CHICAGO CUBS (72-75)
WRIGLEY FIELD, 7:05 pm CDT, TV: WGN, Fox Sports Ohio
|Glendon Rusch, LHP
6-8, 4.62 ERA
99/49 K/BB, 11 HR in 126.2 IP
|Matt Morris, RHP|
14-8, 4.04 ERA
104/30 K/BB, 17 HR in 171.2 IP
|SS David Eckstein
||LF 3rd Generation Mediocrity|
|CF * Jim Edmonds
||SS #I Control Dusty's Brain|
|1B Albert Pujols
|RF Reggie Sanders
||RF *Shows Up, Hits, Goes Home|
|2B Mark Grudzielanek
||3B Will Play Third For Pennant|
|RF So Taguchi
||2B *I Left Boston For This?|
|C Yadier Molina
||CF *0-4, 4 K|
|3B Hector Luna
||C Perfectly Adequate Backup|
|P Matt Morris
||P *Just a Swingman|
LaRussa is playing a whole lot more veterans than I thought he would. Unfortunately, so is Dusty.