June 23, 2008
This week on the podcast we run down some of the crazy injuries plaguing the NLC right now:
- The Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano is on the DL for the first time, like, ever
- The Reds can’t keep a shortstop to saves their lives
- The Cardinals might get mentioned in there somewhere
- The injury to Adam Dunn’s pride to find out that the Blue Jays’ GM isn’t attracted to him
The Crack Technical Staff works on his Ed McMahon impression, and you can actually hear me sipping my glass of pinot grigio. Truly, an episode not to be missed.
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June 23, 2008
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W: Lopez (2-0)
L: Parisi (0-3)
Like the Reds, the Cardinals found themselves on the verge of sweeping the Red Sox yesterday, thanks to two hard-fought games.
Joel Pineiro was very effective, limiting the Red Sox to just 2 runs over 7+ innings. The Sox Starter, Jon Lester, was just as effective, though. When Boston took the lead in the 8th, things didn’t look good for St. Louis.
But Jonathan Papelbon danced his way to the mound and allowed the tying run to score from an Adam Kennedy double. Then came the extra innings, where neither team could score until the 13th, when Kevin Youkilis homered to finish things.
The Cardinals played hard, though, almost taking the lead in the top of the 13th when Chris Duncan was thrown out at the plate. The team did win the series, and I wonder if it helps make up for that nasty World Series showing back in 2004.
June 23, 2008
W: Pettitte (8-5)
L: Cueto (5-6)
S: Rivera (21)
After being swept by the Dodgers at, the Reds traveled to New York where things weren’t looking promising. Of course, that was before Edinson Volquez started and won the opener of the series. He really has been something amazing this year. The Reds shut out the Yankees somehow in the second game and had a chance to sweep them.
Johnny Cueto started, and was good for the third time in a row. Ever since his terrible start–something like 10 runs allowed–a few starts ago, he’s looked much better. I don’t know if he or the Reds figured out his problem, but something’s clicked and he no longer looks clueless.
Of course, the same can’t be said of Corey Patterson and the Reds offense. After homering earlier in the series to raise his batting average to .192. Yes, I said raise. Patterson put up another 0-fer and dropped it to .189. Sigh. When will this waste of a roster spot be released? Dusty Baker’s no longer batting him lead-off, which doesn’t really feel like a victory.
To be fair, Patterson wasn’t the only culprit in not hitting, but he is the easiest to make fun of.