So, sometime around the sixth inning of last night's game, I got an email from a Cubs fan, offering a thank you for taking 3 of 4 from the Cardinals. Just to make sure he didn't get too far ahead of himself, I sent him this.
Win Expectancy Graph
BR Box Score
Obviously, it's smiles all around after Dave Bush put up a nice performance last night and Ryan Braun's bat sent a couple more baseballs screaming into the masses. But, in the JS Online game story, there's still a hint of Ned being Ned:
"He was mowing them down," he said as his voice rose. "I'm not going to do this; I'm not going to jump on one bad inning."
Then Yost was asked, what if that one inning continues to get his team beat?
"If it keeps getting me beat, then I will do something about it," he said.
When dissecting Villanueva, who has failed to pitch into the sixth inning in four of his eight starts this season, Yost did point to Villanueva typically having one bad inning per outing that has hurt.
"The bad numbers come from a couple of bad innings, but as a whole he hasn't pitched that bad," Yost said.
But what good is it if a guy pitches well until he explodes for one inning, leaving the end results the same as if he scattered his runs and hits allowed?
"Because we think we know why that happened," Yost said, although he wouldn't give the reason.
Kudos to Anthony Witrado for publishing that exchange and coming through with more than just the "it's early" refrain.
Adam Charles at Bugs and Cranks thinks last night's game was just part of an elaborate plot by Tony LaRussa. We're still waiting for the twist.
The Grand National Championships has a quick rant on bullpen management and closers. I will give credit to Ned for pitching Gagne in a non-save situation last night and giving him an opportunity to straighten himself out.
Last night's game didn't involve a save situation, but it did involve two teams going closer by committee. Baseball Musings asks what happens if it works.
Not only did Dave Bush pick up his first win of the season last night, he also qualified to start in row 7 of the Hank Aaron 755, Big League Stew's race for players with NASCAR names.
The Padres have designated Rule 5 pick Callix Crabbe for assignment (also noted here in the Fanshots), meaning the Brewers could have him back. Al doesn't seem to think they'll be interested, but it's middle infield depth, how could they not be?
Rafael Furcal will miss the upcoming series with the Brewers after being placed on the DL with a lower back injury.
Marlins P Scott Olsen isn't hurt, but he was having a hard time regaining velocity after his 8 2/3 inning, 121 pitch outing against the Brewers last week.
Here's pretty much all you need to know about Dayn Perry: He thinks Carlos Zambrano should win the Cy Young even though Brandon Webb is 8-0, has thrown more innings, struck out more batters and has a lower WHIP. I know compiling award ballots can be hard, but writing Webb in for Cy Young is a no-brainer at this point.
Apparently he hits other teams, too: Lance Berkman had stretches last week where he went 16-for-20 and 19-for-25. That second feat had only been accomplished once in the last 50 years.
David Sloane is the agent for Carlos Delgado. He's making Delgado a lot of money, but the Mets 1B is his only client. Why, you ask? Because he's insane.
Oh, and here's video of an unassisted triple play.