Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Cubs go out with a non-bang (Game Recap: Cubs 0, Dodgers 7)

Starter Carlos Silva gave up a three-run bomb to James Loney in the first inning, and the game never really got much more interesting from there. Cubs lose!

A big "eff you" to the first base umpire, who appeared to have been paid off by Joe Torre before the game started. Every close play seemed to go against the Cubs, to the point that, according to someone I follow on Twitter, the entire Cub dugout deserved ejecting after the umpteenth bad call late in the game.

In the Shout Box, Sayers40 speculated that Carlos Silva was probably hurt, which is probably fact. I wish we had a manager with the balls/brains to 1) identify when players are hurt and 2) tell them they're not allowed to play through severe injuries (see: Ramirez, Aramis this year, Soriano, Alfonso last year).

And thus, the All-Star Break is upon us. Here are some stats to tide you over until someone else decides to write something:

Aramis Ramirez' post-DL, pre-Break numbers: .328/.381/.672 (1.053 OPS)

Starlin Castro, so far, in July: .265/.359/.441
and for the year: .270/.333/.383
(compare to Ryan Theriot: .278/.317/.313)

Tyler Colvin's slash line since June 1: .234/.274/.467
Kosuke Fukudome's slash line btwn June 1 and the Break in 2008: .233/.338/.357

Cubs starters, ranked by ERA: Gorzelanny, Silva, Dempster, Lilly, Wells(, Zambrano)

OK, that's enough for now.

Cubs starters ranked by

Cubs starters ranked by xFIP:

Wells (3.70)

Dempster (3.73)

Silva (3.89)

GORZ (3.92)

Zambrano (4.24)

Lilly (4.74)

Surprising to see how well Randy has pitched and how unlucky he's been.

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