So I flip on ESPN last night just after 9, thinking Baseball Tonight would be on. Instead, I see the Reds and Cardinals and it's 9-3 Reds in the top of the 9th.
Great! Cut 1/2 game off the Cardinals' lead.
Um, nope. Instead, St. Louis scores seven runs in the ninth, including Jim Edmonds' three-run homer on a "hawkins" -- a two-out, 0-2 pitch up in the zone -- and the Cardinals won 10-9, the sort of win that can propel teams on to postseason play, yes, even this early in the year.
Over at the Red Reporter, JD, as you can imagine, was beside himself, but read on -- he couldn't resist taking some swipes at Red Sox, Cub and even Yankee fans on the way.
Then, I learned this morning that due to Bulls playoff coverage, Wednesday's Cub/Brewer telecast has been bumped to Comcast SportsNet Plus 2. Only one problem with this:
I've saved you the trouble of consulting your local channel guide, if you have Comcast Cable, at least. It'll be on channel 67. This is tomorrow's game; tonight is on the primary CSN channel.
Meanwhile, Kerry Wood's downtime is now estimated at five to six weeks, rather than the three mentioned yesterday, which likely means two months.
That Adam Dunn deal I proposed sounds pretty good now, doesn't it?
The article linked above further says:
So which is it? If Rusch takes Wood's spot, and there are four starters, that still leaves Dempster as a possible closer, doesn't it?
Bet Jim Hendry and Dusty Baker are too.
Finally, today please welcome two more new members of the growing SportsBLOGS family (sheesh, the baby gifts are gonna start getting expensive!) -- Crawfish Boxes, about the Astros and written by a fellow SABR member, Joshua Raisen; and Beyond The Box Score, for those of you who are more stat-oriented. PECOTAs and VORPs galore!