Tuesday, April 11

It's never too late for a Valentine

[Arroyo has hit both of his career home runs off Cubs starter Glendon Rusch. In the second game of the season in Cincinnati, Arroyo homered off the left-hander. It was his first major-league hit since 2001, when he played for the Pirates.]


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Close your eyes, give me your hand, Glendon
Do you feel my heart beating
Do you understand
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
Is your fastball an eternal flame?

I believe it's meant to be, Glendon
I watch you when you are pitching
You belong with me
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
Or is your fastball an eternal flame?

Say my name
my home runs shine through the rain
An offense so lonely
And then you come and ease the pain
I don't want to lose this feeling

Say my name
my home runs shine through the rain
An offense so lonely
And then you come and ease the pain
I don't want to lose this feeling

Close your eyes, give me your hand, Glendon
Do you feel my heart beating
Do you understand
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
But is your fastball an eternal flame?


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13 Comments:

At 12:22 AM, Blogger DS said...

JT ladies and gentlemen...JT

 
At 1:38 AM, Blogger Jim said...

You should have posted "then and now" shots of Rusch. I don't feel so bad now about how much I've aged. Good Lord!

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

This is the cream of the crop... seriously... effing hiLARious!

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

Seriously... where on EARTH did you find that picture of Arroyo wooing someone with a microphone???

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

Quote from a reader:
"If Rusch and Williams continue to struggle, I say it's time to give Guzman and Hill a chance (along with Marshall continuing to start). Who's with me? The young guys did a heck of a job this spring, something that Rusch and Williams could not accomplish. "

Yes, please. I like Rusch (much less than I did 10 days ago), but if he can't get it together this year, then he needs to be replaced with someone who at least has a chance of getting it done.

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger JT said...

Hypo --

I would agree, although we don't want to panic and call armageddon after only a week. We don't want to ruin our real young 'uns with a few weeks of 5.00+ ERA and seeing their pitching disappear into the stands.

However, we're in that weird "why the fuck not" position, as we evidently have to do something about it.

We might not be so screwed if we still had the Meat-Tray!

 
At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Yes, but then Corey Patterson might still be our lead-off man. Or Hairston, getting everyday starts at second. Seriously, you give Rusch at least one more start, but if he sill looks like he doesn't have it right now (that's how he looked to me in his first outing, and that's what the line on him would indicated in start #2), then you start thinking about the younger guys. And Williams get's at least one start too. He looked okay out of the pen against St. Louis, but lousy in his first appearance against Cincinnati. Then again, maybe we just can't beat the stinking Reds, what with their AWESOME roster. Loads of SO's and a bad ERA are hard to beat, right?

We have to beat everyone in our division when we face them this year, not just the CARDS!

 
At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

By the way, I thought that was that drunkard Scott Stapp in the Arroyo picture before. He's got the "aren't I so hot and sensitive" look going at least, now I wonder if he can sing any better than he can pitch. Hit him in the head!

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Jim said...

This weekend, the Cubs travel to the West Coast, where Rusch will stand out, causing us to recalculate once again.

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger john said...

Rusch is finished. He has followed the same pattern everywhere he's been. This is his fourth MLB team. With every single team, he has posted his best ERA the first year and gotten worse every year after that until the team gives up on him. (This is his tenth major league season.) Only once has he had a season ERA below 4. Only twice has he had a winning record (the past two seasons). Last year he gave up more than 14 (!) baserunners per nine innings pitched, one of the worst numbers in the league, and it wasn’t even close to his career high. His career winning percentage is below .400. He's been less than mediocre, throwing just well enough sometimes to get people to keep him around hoping for more.

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

I wasn't as aware of the Rusch stats as the one's you specifically pointed out, but he definitely has a consistently high WHIP. Anyone who consistently allows as many baserunners as he does isn't going to be successful for an extended period of time.

I had hope last year that his ability to get out of innings after allowing guys on base was a sign of him coming around as a reliable MLB pitcher, but some of the other things you said in conjunction with this year so far are certainly cause to believe otherwise.

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger JT said...

John -- I completely agree re: Rusch. I think we expect a hell of a lot of him, considering he did start last season 6-0 [if I remember correctly] as that stopgap starter while Wood & Prior were also unavailable.

His career stats at 57-89 [ish] and 4.88 ERA?

Not good at all, but that just shows you how bad a spot we're in.

 
At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Again, I say you give him at least one more start. A lot of good pitchers can have two bad games in a row, and then turn their seasons around. If he still looks awful after the third game, then you look to the young guys and Rusch goes back to the bullpen and Wuertz goes back to Iowa to learn to throw something that doesn't start with an "s" and end in "lider."

 

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