A Metaphorical Win
I thought the Cub's win over the Astros last night was a metaphorical utterance against the Astro's deal for Carlos Beltran. If you look at my previous post, I discuss my thoughts on the trade - particularly how stupid it was. Don't misunderstand me, however. I don't think that having Dotel instead of Beltran last night would have given the Astros the win over the Cubs - I just think the Beltran deal did not address the real problems with the Houston Astros. Beltran did provide some pop with a bomb on to Sheffield, but he's not the answer.
Problem #1: Injury-Prone players
Last Night's Example: Jeff Kent leaves with a strained hamstring and Wade Miller is placed on the DL.
Problem #2: No effective bridge to the closer (since they traded Dotel)
Last Night's Example: Kirk Bullinger and David Weathers combine for 1 inning, 4H, and 4R.
Houston falls to 6.5 games behind St. Louis as the Cubs pick up ground on 1st place St. Louis (3.5 back) and move out of a tie with the soon-to-be-faltering injured Reds (4.5 back).
My distinguished co-blogger attended the exciting game last night and I'm sure suffered through a few incidents of heartburn, although it all turned out well in the end. Corey Patterson hit some rockets - one of which was a bullet homerun off the fence separating the bleacher bums from Sheffield Ave. This might have been the hardest hit line drive I've seen in quite a while. Corey needs to be swinging for those types of hits. He needs to swing for Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg type of power. That's the power that looks to drive solid line-drives and gets homeruns via happenstance. If Corey can swing that kind of bat (and swing at strikes), then we've got a verifiable superstar.
I had made a comment previously about how Biggio must be happy to be out of the Houston centerfield. He didn't show his appreciation too well with a muffed fly off the bat of Moises Alou that would have kept the game tied. This was Biggio's first outfield error this year, but it definitely wasn't his first misplay.
LaTroy looked sharp as usual, but suffered through some baserunners due to two misplayed grounders at the glove of Ramon Martinez - no damage done, however.
The Cubs have Matt Clement taking on Roger Clemens tonight - so we really need a sharp outing with no defensive mistakes from Clement and the Cubs. If the Cubs can play smart, I think they can rough Clemens up again.