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Friday, April 11, 2008

Lieberated: 6-3

Anyone want to start the official Jon Lieber for the rotation drive? Rich Hill was fugging awful last night, lasting only three innings before Uncle Lou gave him the hook. Lieber by comparison was nails. Even when he did allow runners on base, he buckled down and didn’t allow any of them to score. In the meantime his battery mate, Geovany Soto, only went 4 for 5 with a long ball. The Soto Rooter was a triple shy of the cycle. And Mighty Mouse-er, Mike Fontenot also contributed a home run as the Cubs swept the Pirates 7-3. This was a pretty good game as soon as Hill departed, taking strike zone challenged Felix Pie with him. I like Felix. I like him a lot. He drove in the winning runs on Wednesday night. But this guy needs to cut down on the Ks or he’s gonna be watching Reed Johnson and his emo beard take over the center field job.

On a sadder note, Kerry Wood ditched the rocking beard he was sporting, opting for the vintage Kid K goatee. Rod Beck’s mustache is heartbroken, but relieved Kerry didn’t choose to go completely bald. No one needs to see the 1998 Kerry Wood baby face again, unless it brings another 20K game with it. Wood pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th, a nice bounceback from his first blown save. I’ve got no worries about Kerry. Blown saves happen, even to the best closers. I really believe as long as he stays healthy, he’ll be money in the 9th.

The two left-handers in our rotation currently scare the fuck out of me, though. Lilly has looked shitty in both of his outings and Rich Hill has been worse. Has someone seen fit to remind them that Ryan Dempster is out-pitching both of them at the moment? Ryan Dempster. The red headed guy, from Canada. Likes practical jokes. Yeah, him. He’d be 2-0 right now if not for the blown save the other night. Suck on that. He was supposed to be the weak link, not TR. He keeps up and his nickname is gonna be the Rough Rider. And Hill? Hill apparently thinks it’s 2006 again. Or 2005. You know, when he was a AAAA pitcher. Not so good.

Cubs at Philly tonight, looking to continue the Pennsylvania Punishment tour. El Toro Loco takes on Brett “I Told You to Shut Up Bitch” Myers. I wonder how Carlos feels about wife beaters? I hope he hates them enough to throw some inside heat to Mr. Myers. He can always blame it on caffeine withdrawal.

BallHype: hype it up!

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