- Afternoon headlines: Roger Clemens says he's sorry. A little late for this, buddy. Smacks of spin/damage control. My head is spinning.
- Despite the new ballpark in DC, Nationals attendance figures are disappointing.
- The Cubs and rooftop owner Tom Gramatis settled their dispute out of court; I suspect that Gramatis knew he couldn't win.
- Lou says Alfonso Soriano is a similar hitter to his old Yankee teammate Bobby Bonds. Well, except that in his one Yankee season, Bobby Bonds walked nearly three times as often (89) as Soriano has in 1+ seasons with the Cubs (36, so far). Lou: please get Soriano in the #5 spot where he belongs!
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2008 - Ryan Dempster||4-0||6||6||0||0||0||0||37.0||22||15||13||2||19||22||3.16||1.11|
|2008 - Johnny Cueto||1-3||6||6||0||0||0||0||35.0||32||23||21||6||6||33||5.40||1.09|
Cueto started out great this year, allowing one hit to the Diamondbacks and striking out ten in his major league debut. Since then he's gotten progressively worse, going 0-3, 6.43 and allowing 5 HR in 28 IP. Dusty let him throw 55 pitches in 1.2 innings in his last start vs. the Cardinals. This will be his first appearance against the Cubs.
Ryan Dempster threw well enough, not great, against the Reds in Wrigley Field on April 15. While going six innings, he walked five; walks have been the Cubs' downfall the last few days, so Dempster has to have better command. Adam Dunn, in particular, walks a ton vs. Dempster: in 15 PA, he has walked nine times.
Today's game is on WCIU. Thus, you're out of luck in the Cubs' market area unless your EI feed (or MLB.TV) gets you FSN Ohio. More at the MLB.com Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)
For the Reds fan point of view, check out the SBN Reds site Red Reporter. And remember if you go there, they hate us. (Just ask Marty Brennaman if you don't believe me.)
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