One year and two days ago, the Cubs blew a 7-1 lead and lost 11-8 to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, a crushing blow from which it can be argued, they never recovered last year.
The two clubs have played exactly twice since then, splitting a pair of games in St. Louis in April.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Here's a stat about Carpenter that I had to confirm to believe, but yes, it's true: in his last six starts, all wins, he has thrown 50.2 innings and allowed twenty hits and seven walks. That's just sick.
Apart from the obvious -- that it's MUST WIN DAY -- I'm going to make it Ex-Cub Day here!
- The Pirates sent Bobby Hill to Triple-A.
- Kyle Farnsworth was suspended for six games for his part in last Sunday's Tigers brawl with the Royals.
- Trenidad Hubbard, who will soon turn sixty (or something like that), signed a Triple-A contract with the Devil Rays.
Yes, that's right -- Sammy Sosa batting second, as DH. Note that he was 0-for-4 at this 9th inning at-bat; he managed to have the at-bat be productive, hitting a sac fly -- though as you see, that was preceded by three swinging strikeouts.
The Cubs got rid of him at exactly the right time. I still would not be surprised to see the Orioles DFA him.
Discuss amongst yourselves.
UPDATE [2005-7-22 17:59:15 by Al]:
Lineups for tonight:
|Today's Starting Lineups|
|Hairston, cf||Eckstein, ss|
|Walker, 2b||Rodriguez, lf|
|Lee, 1b||Pujols, 1b|
|Burnitz, rf||Edmonds, cf|
|Ramirez, 3b||Walker, rf|
|Hollandsworth, lf||Grudzielanek, 2b|
|Perez, ss||Nunez, 3b|
|Barrett, c||Mahoney, c|
|Zambrano, p||Carpenter, p|