Gamecast: June 16, 2010, Atheltics at Cubs (7:05 CT)
Ryan Dempster (4-5, 3.74) vs. Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.79)
Lou Piniella and the Cubs are finding new and interesting ways to lose games. Most of these ways are screwing up in the most basic fundamentals of baseball. The Cubs allowed four unearned runs last night, and despite most of their mishaps, were in it for the majority of the game. However, a missed cutoff man here, and wild pitch there... letting your pitcher hit even though you are going to pull him, have a man in scoring position, and a very viable pinch hitter available... and the game fell apart. As I was in attendance, all of my frustrations have been told to the players on the field last night, so I figure it would just be overkill to let it flow out in this forum.
Apparently the term "Moneyball" means a nickel and diming offense that gets on base on a great deal of flukey hits and a few lucky bounces/errors courtesy of the opposing team. The Cubs found that out last night. Tonight the A's will send out (twice) former White Sox farmhand Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez has had a year very much like the Cubs ballclub: flashes of brilliance, moments of implosion, and mediocre peripherals overall. Gio tends to strike out a lot of batters, but he also walks a lot of batters. When he walks batters, he gets flustered and hitters can get to him. As a lefty, right-handers hit him better overall (.261 on the season), so I expect Lou to trot out the anti-lefty lineup and hope for the best.
Who's Hot: Um... That Colvin fella hit a nice home run when it didn't matter. I guess we can call that an injection of youth into the team.
Who's Not: The Cubs fundamentals. Lou and Hendry need to have a pow-wow with Tom Emanski and get these kids playing "pickle" and "hot potato" stat to get their glovework going. Or at least get this guy to get Big Z's mojo back.
We need a win. Any way possible. In the immortal words of Ron Stillenovich: "Just because some of us weren't born with a whole lot of natural talent doesn't mean that we can't contribute."