Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: Spethember 16th vs. Brewers

Braden Looper (12-6, 4.77 ERA) vs. Rich Harden (9-8, 4.04 ERA)

Story Lines
In for my former life, I was a sports writer. I know it is tough to come up with a stories, but I'm sick and tired of the "Trade Carlos" or "Cut Milton" stories that are coming up all the time. It's just time to move on and focus on other things, like the Cubs miracle run to the 2009 playoffs.

I still don't belive they can jump 4 teams, but it will be fun while they continue to stockpile wins against the Brewers. I didn't catch any of last night's game, because I passed out at 6:30 p.m. and didn't wake up until time for work this morning, but I was able to see a few good things that most of the media didn't point out:

  • The Cubs won to go back to 7 games over .500
  • The Cardinals lost to the Marlins, making it a 8.5 game lead (7 back in the loss column).
  • The Rockies lost to the Giants, making it a 5.5 game lead in the Wild Card (4 back in the loss column)
  • The Cubs walked 12 times
  • The Cubs scored 13 runs
  • Geovany Soto can hit again

A lot of things have to happen, but we are better today than we were last week.

Who's Hot
Derrek Lee - Lee was perfect last night. He had two hits to go along with his four walks. His OBP is not at .391, which is tops on the team. 

Mike Fontenot - I'm pretty sure I said Fontenot should get another crack at starting the other say. How does he respond? Oh, two hits, a walk and a RBI. Not too bad.

Geovany Soto - Soto hit another HR last night and saw his September line improve to .360/.452/.800.

Who's Not
Milton Bradley/Kosuke Fukudome - They were the only two starters who didn't pick  a hit last night. It would be nice to see both of these guys go on a tear in the last two weeks, but I won't be holding my breath.

Conclusions
I'm not crazy. Really, I know the Cubs making the playoffs is about as likely as the government running Health Care effectively. Still, it is more fun to follow a team with some kind of chance, and the Cubs still have a chace.

Soto's just been having some

Soto's just been having some extremely bad luck this year.

The fact that he's hitting again just gives me hope that his injuries are feeling a bit better.

I also was riding my bike yesterday morning, and heard, wait the cubs are 5.5 games back? How did this happen? When? What?

It's at least amusing to watch now.

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