- You had a feeling the Brewers were going to implode when the third strike on Reed Johnson rolled to the backstop and Prince Fielder dropped the throw to first. To their credit, they didn’t implode…right away.
- -Ryan Theriot has hit .462 for the series thus far. Any votes for offensive MVP of the series for him?
- -Does it seem to you like Lou has the Cubs more aggressive on the base paths? That’s because it’s true. The Cubs have stolen more bases in the first three games of the Milwaukee series (7) than they have in the rest of July (6). Chicago is currently 7-for-8 in steals in this series. They only made seven previous attempts all month. Aramis Ramirez was picked off on July 23rd against the Diamondbacks, but I don’t count that as an attempted steal. Neither would he.
- I love the Cubs being more aggressive. Is it because the coaching staff knows Jason Kendall a little better than most rival catchers? Whatever the reason, I hope they continue to force the issue a little more.
- -While I’m mentioning Kendall, here’s some more Ned Yost logic head scratching. So Yost sends his CATCHER on a steal attempt in the fifth with one out and the pitcher up only to see him completely beaten by an entire era. Maybe it was miscommunication on a sacrifice attempt, but it didn’t appear that way. Parra hits a triple after that and though you can never predict a pitcher hitting a triple, Yost may just be the weakest link. Brewers, demand better. Ask Brett Favre to manage. How much worse could it be? At least HE’S been to and won a championship game.
- -Speaking of Favre (I know: “sigh”), I have to jump off the Cubs game for a second. Did anyone else see the sign Manny Ramirez was holding up in the dugout while his Red Sox were getting clobbered (9-2) last night? It suggested he would be traded for Favre. My question is: Who helped him write it?
- The Cubs have scored 20 runs in three games so far. Don’t you think it’s time they get Harden a few today? Me too. Sure, it’s greed, but I don’t care. It’s the Brewers- pile it on.
- -Though I haven’t seen the lineup card, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jim Edmonds in today. He’s hitting David Bush at a clip of .375 with a .750 slugging percentage. Mark DeRosa should also feast well today. He’s hit Bush to the tune of .364 with a .636 slugging percentage.