Tony Campana is fast.
There was NO WAY the Cubs could beat the Brewers 2 nights in a row.
We're allowed one shiny W maybe once a week - I'm totally used to it.
So when it went extra with Jeff Sam coming in, I turned it off.
(Doesn't help that I have the Summer Lung Fungus that's going around, but there you go.)
Turned on computer this morning and well, lookie there.
I guess Campana turned a single into a double, Fukudome moved him to third, and then Starlin Castro knocked him in with his 3rd hit of the night.
I wish I could take Campana more seriously, like one more hit every couple games, maybe a walk now and then (he's only got one in 22 at bats...)
But he definitely scares the CRAP out of people, and that's just more fun to watch.
You notice he doesn't really run through the bag at first?
He does that stretch thing and brakes immediately.
I wish he'd just fly on through and see if he's not ohhhh, maybe .004/second faster.
Anyway, Cubs 5 Brewers 4.
And a tip of the hat to Brewer manager Ron Roenicke for keeping "I just gave up two doubles in a row" reliever Marco Estrada in there and throwing to Aramis.
Boom, as they say.
TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.
Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.
Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.
Think Baby Maddux.
Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.
Kyle is on the far left.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Call me lost.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.
And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):
i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.
there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.
I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.