Steve Clevenger made some comments about his one-game suspension. Let's examine them, shall we?
"The benches clear and things happen," Clevenger said. "… We'll go from there and I accept responsibility… for my actions in the pile. … I have a responsibility to protect my players, my pitchers, and I felt like I handled myself fine."
Clevenger was caught throwing an errant punch at shortstop Ian Desmond and was ejected from the game.
Well, I dunno. The whole thing escalated unnecessarily, in my opinion, and "throwing an errant punch"? At someone who had nothing to do with it? I'm thinking that wasn't very smart on Clevenger's part and might get him an unwanted reputation around the league.
But hey, that's old news. The Cubs could actually sweep a road series for the first time this year. (Yes, I know. Don't hold your breath.)
Mather CF, Barney 2B, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Castro SS, Vitters 3B, Sappelt RF, Recker C, Rusin P
I don't even know what to say about these lineups any more. "Insert other-split-squad joke here" doesn't even cut it with this one.
Holt 2B, Marte LF, McCutchen CF, Jones RF, Sanchez 1B, Alvarez 3B, McKenry C, Barmes SS, Locke P
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2012 - Chris Rusin||0-2||2||2||0||0||0||0||6.0||9||6||6||2||3||5||9.00||2.00|
|2012 - Jeff Locke||0-1||3||1||0||0||0||0||9.1||8||5||5||1||1||7||4.82||.96|
Chris Rusin has made one good start and one bad one. I'd really like to see him succeed; he appears to have the mental makeup part down. Now it's just up to him to put that into practice.
Jeff Locke made four starts for the Pirates last year, and didn't do very well (6.48 ERA). He's made three appearances and one start for the Pirates this year, and has been better. He had a very good year at Triple-A Indianapolis (2.48 ERA). He's never faced the Cubs; the only player on the Cubs roster he has faced is Dave Sappelt (1-for-2). This is a pretty clear case of doom.
(Oh, and just how old does Locke look in that photo? I'm saying 14.)
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