Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I Don’t know whether to smile or cry…

O.k., so we split the series with St. Louis, but there is conflicting cause for both optimism and pessimism after this series. Should we be happy that our starting pitching effectively stifled a very potent St. Louis offense, or should we be ashamed that what has been (prior to this series) a pitiful St. Louis starting rotation stymied the Cubs offense? After all, their two aces - Woody Williams and Matt Morris respectively had a 6.00 and 4.50 ERA in April - but they looked great against the Cubs - which raises the question - were the really pitching well or did the Cubs bats just make them look good? I won’t even go into our bullpen problems…

Speaking of which, I can’t wait to get Remlinger back – let’s just hope and pray he returns to form after his rehab – he was our most consistent reliever last year and it will be nice to have him and LaTroy in the bullpen on a nightly basis.

Was that a bunt attempt?

I am still fuming over the pathetic excuse for a bunt that Alex Gonzales laid down in Friday’s game – the one where he got doubled up while he was just standing around and watching Mike Matheny play the game of baseball (It's fun to watch isn't it Alex). Needless to say - it was then painful to see Michael Barrett hit a double right after that which would have scored Lee :-/ And we lost that game by one run no less! I am just curious - has Alex been taking bunting lessons from Corey Patterson?

At least the Reds beat Houston tonight, which leaves the Cubs in a tie for first place. What can we expect from Mitre tomorrow? I don’t know, but I always have an uneasy feeling the day he pitches. Last time Mitre faced the Diamondbacks he got hammered for five runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Let’s hope he can turn it up a notch tomorrow!