Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Nice catch, Prettyboy! 

Thanks Craig Biggio!

Apparently, after watching Alou and Korey (only 1 K now, instead of 3), The Beege thought he'd make a stellar defensive play of his own.

The Cubs may have been lucky to win this game, but they'll take it. The Astros improve to 1-3 with Carlos Beltran. Hey Astros, maybe you can flip Beltran for some bullpen prospects!

With the win, and another Cardinals loss (to the vaunted Battlin' Buccos), the lead is now down to 3.5 games.

Todd Hollandsworth may or may not go on the DL. He's on crutches for Christ's sake. Just put him on there and hopefully he'll be back next Friday.

Of course, Hollandsworth's absence kinda puts a dent in the 'ol "best bench ever in the history of the sport." (Right, Chip?).

The Cubs pinch hitting this year:

28-103 (.272), .306 OBP, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 6 BB

Todd Hollandsworth pinch hitting this year:

9-16 (.583), .611 OBP, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB

So, the rest of the pinch hitters:

19-87 (.218), 2 HR (Barrett PH Grand Slam and Gonzo) 10 RBI, 4 BB

But when your "bench" on a good day is Walker (2-8 pinch-hitting, 4 K) or Grudz, Ramon (2-8, 4 K's) or Rey (0-1), Macias (5-22, 2 RBI, 1 walk in 10 months), Goodwin (4-18, 1 RBI, but nice one yesterday) and Bako (0-2), it's not exactly one that should strike fear in the hearts of opposing managers. And whatever generic rookie they bring up (Dubois, Kelton, etc.) isn't going to make a difference because they're never going to play. So really, it's Hollandsworth that has been otherworldly off the bench, and the others have been much less-than-worldly. The conclusion, is of course, Chip is an idiot.

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