Thursday, June 23

Cubs split with Brewers

I hate the Brewers. They always play the Cubs as hard as any team out there, in much the same way it seems the Devil Rays have been playing the Yankees lately. These Cubs/Brewers games always make me nervous, as they historically have a tendency to be close games taken down to a few hits. This happens regardless of either team's aspirations or statistical standings.

Today the bullpen blew a lead and gave the Brewers their second straight win over the Cubs, making the series a 2-2 split. If you want the stats, I'm sure you all know where to find them. Highlights of the game of course involved Derrek Lee doing all he could for the team. At one point the Cubs had 2 hits and 3 runs. At that point, Lee had both hits at 2/2 with 2 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 HRs. And the trend continued as later in the game the Cubs had 4 runs. At that time Lee was 3/3 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs. So basically, how about if we stop relying on Derrek Lee for all of our offense. The offense got better as the game went on, but so did the Brewers'.

Anyway, I hate the Brewers, I'll let the masses continue the commentary in the comment section on this one.


At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Today Baker made note of all the trade talk hovering around certain Cubs and certain position players from other teams. He seems to be trying to use it as motivation for his players. By that of course I mean, he is trying to light some ass fires.

The bullpen looked flaky again today. The offense would strike back, score some runs, and the bullpen would give it away. I really feel that poor pitching ruins team morale faster than poor hitting does, especially on a team that was built around pitching. Good job Ramirez and Lee though. At this point, I'd almost be tempted to switch Burnitz and Ramirez, to protect Lee, but I understand that Baker likes that Righty lefty righty lefty lineup.

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Oh, and yes, I agree with you Hypo, it does seem like the Brewers games always come down to the wire. It seems like they always play us tough, as pirates and Reds also seem to do. Coincidentally, they're all in our division!!! Cubs don't seem to play well in their division. Does anybody know the numbers on that? Anyway, I hope that doesn't hold true when we play the Cards. Last I'd heard we have a losing record against them All-time.

At 1:04 AM, Blogger JT said...

Lazlo, I believe that the Cubs are 16-14 within the NL Central division, at least this year.

With regards to the Cardinals, as of July 20th 2004, our all-time record in face-to-face competition was actually in favour of the Cubs, with the series leaning 1044-1013.

Of course, we split the first 2 game series with them this season, so make that 1045-1014.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Well, those numbers are not as bad as I would've guessed, but 16-14 inside the division isn't very good really. Inside the division means Astros, Reds, Pirates, and Brewers right now, since we only played two games against the Cards, and all of those teams are struggling. They'd all be lucky to end the season with an even record. So the fact that we are 16-14 against them right now isn't good.

This All Star voting stuff is making me angry. The Cubs have three players who should make the All Star team who all have better numbers than the voting leaders. I'm still looking for a large venue for my message of "PIAZZA SUCKS". So, here's to votes that are based on team loyalty, name recognition, or simply not knowing much about baseball. Thank you ESPN.

ps. Though Neifi's performance this year deserves an All Star appearance, he will never make it on votes. Why? Because he is a write in, so everyone who even knows about him will forget about him when voting.

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Here's a lineup idea, what do you think?

Corey Patterson
Neifi Perez
Jeromy Burnitz
Derrek Lee
Aramis Ramirez
Todd Walker
Michael Barrett
Todd Hollandsorth

It keeps the alternating lefties and righties pattern, and it should put Lee in a better RBI position batting 4th, more likely to have men on in front of him, with Aramis and Walker protecting him in the lineup. It puts our three best hitters in a row. I doubt, however, that Lee will be moved in the lineup unless our offense really struggles, though I don't think it would phase him.

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

I like your lineup a lot Lazlo. I still don't know what I think of Corey leading off. I don't want to see him leave the team, but his production lately has really irritated me. Actually it's his stubborness and happy-go-lucky swing. He needs to be more patient and strike-out less. But I still do think it's a great batting order for this team.

8-1 White Sox, grrrrrrrr!...

and as I typed that about Corey, he gets a single. Thanks for almost making me take it back CP.


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