Sunday, June 28, 2009

M-A-R-M-O-L does not spell relief

Saturday: White Sox 8, Cubs 7

All I have to say is that I hope Jim Hendry is on the horn doing all he can to acquire a reliever or three. When it was 6-6 in the 6th and we had to go to the 'pen, I knew the game was over. Marmol continued his ineffectiveness, though this time he was hurt by base hits rather bases on balls. Marshall and Ascanio then combined to give up the winning run in the 9th, and that was that. Offense looked good, Dempster was solid, but lo, that terrible bullpen. You simply cannot win games without a few reliable relievers. When you have not-a-one reliable reliever ... well, that's just not good.

On a separate note, Mark DeRosa was traded for the second time in six months Saturday, to the freakin' Cardinals. Cubs fans developed a love affair with DeRosa after he was traded to the Indians (not that he shouldn't be remembered fondly, but the adoration for a solid two-year member of the Cubs was a bit over the top), but it will be significantly harder for blue-bleeders to root for him now. With the Cubs loss combined with Cardinals and Brewers wins, the Cubs are now 3 1/2 back of both teams. Pujols hit two jacks in the Cards' win, giving him 28 on the season (on pace for 60; his career high is 49).

Interesting column from Gene Wojciechowski about Lou Piniella and his sanity (or lack thereof).


  1. Speaking of Pujols, who among us thinks he's juiced? My hand is raised.

  2. Tuesday night was the first time I ever thought it a possibility. I've never really suspected him, but it is crazy that he's on pace to hit over 60 home runs in a post-60 HR era.

    Even though I root against him as a Cardinal, I hope he's not juicin'.