Sunday, June 27, 2004

Sounding Off in the NL Central

Can the Cardinals Please Lose?

Look at the names of the Cardinals pitching staff and try to explain why this team can still win? The answer would have to be twofold --> Pujols and Rolen. In my mind, there is no reason why this Cardinal club should have the second best record in the majors. I've really got to believe that this team is going to cool off sometime, but I've been waiting for that for a month now and they keep winning. I'd hate to see what they could do if they were considered a "big market" team. It would get really ugly.

Another "B"?

The Astros adding to their alliterated lineup a few days ago. "B"iggio, "B"agwell, "B"erkman, and now "B"eltran. I'm going to start calling him Carlos "4-month Astro" Beltran because that's what he is. Send your pithy remarks, but I'm thinking this is one stupid deal. Sure, you get a superstar center-fielder, but what do you get along with him? No bridge to your only decent reliever coming from an injury-prone rotation. This is looking like computer programming. You try to fix one problem (having trouble scoring runs) by creating two problems:

1) giving up a crucial piece of your so-so bullpen
2) being stuck with nothing after Beltran signs for huge money this winter

This comes after Houston dealt Billy Wagner in a moneyball deal this winter. So last year's dreadful phrase "Lidge-Dotel-Wagner" has almost vanished into oblivion by being replaced with "starter at 50%-some guy I've never heard of-guy who is an unproven closer". Maybe this deal was pushed through by Craig Biggio who is just plain angry at the people who designed that hill in center field. "Hey Carlos, welcome to the Juice Box. Watch out for the flag pole on deep flies. Love, Craig."