While perusing the internet and other blogs for content….we come accross some good insight and observations….we are going to start highlighting some of that here…Here are the notes and insight form last nights Cubs win over the Brewers…
Insight from The Man In the Box
-Aramis Ramirez busts out of his slump in a big way with three doubles in going 4-for-5 with an RBI. Like to see that. The one-two punch of him and Lee only works if both pistons are firing. Lee has warmed his bat up a bit and it looks like Aramis is now as well. Let’s hope it continues.
-A double and a triple for Fukudome. I hope that’ll get his confidence at the plate back. Although, you could probably credit that triple to the Milwaukee outfield.
-Speaking of that outfield for Milwaukee- Cameron got a Web Gem for his play at the wall on a Lee blast. It was a good play, but a Web Gem? Especially when he and Hart combined in the miscommunication game to allow a double to Ramirez.
And then there’s Braun. He’s a second-year player, but a rookie to the outfield position. He looked pretty silly out there. In fact, the one triple he allowed making a bad dive for the Fukudome ball that rolled to the wall was particularly interesting. It looked like he was nonchalantly running to the wall to get it. Now maybe he was winded, but he certainly didn’t look like he was on his horse to make up for his bad decision.
I started disliking him earlier in the season and I can see I’m not alone here. At one point, I suggested to my girlfriend that maybe Lou should have Edmonds pinch hit (even though it was a lefty/lefty situation) just to see Jimmy slice one to left field and have Braun chasing it like a dog all over again. I can be devious.
-If I were a Brewer fan, I’d lay some of that loss on Ned Yost. He left Ben Sheets out there for much of the sixth even though he was clearly not hitting his locations and the Cubbies were smacking him around with nobody out. I don’t think a pitching coach came to the mound until after the line had already started rolling* (bases loaded and runs scored). He had 100 pitches before they yanked him in the sixth with one out. That’s just bad coaching in my opinion.
-Z looked pretty much in control for the most part. Samardzija showed the signs of a guy just up from the minors. His control and location were a bit off and his 17-pitch inning is evidence of that. At least he had a big cushion and until they invent the seven-run homer, there wouldn’t be too much to worry about.
*Per Bob Brenly’s season-long catch phrase.
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