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Game 99: Cubs 7 – Cardinals 1

Jul
26

Cubs 53-46 – 2.0/.5
Cardinals 45-52 – 9/7.5

POTG: RF Cliff Floyd (2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B)
Runner Up: LF Soriano (3 H, R, 3B, 2B), SS Ryan Theriot (2 H, RBI), 3B A Ram (2 2B, R), 2B Mike Fontenot (2 H, 2 RBI), CF Jacque Jones (2 H, R, RBI, 2B), SP Ted Lilly (7 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K, W [11/70]; H, RBI)

(I’m definitely moving up to MT4, if only so scheduled posts actually get posted.)

I was wondering about this last night: the last win where Cliff Floyd played a complete game was June 29th. He does play some complete games, but only in losses for his bat.

CG: 17
W: 3 (1 at DH)
L: 14

NCG: 50
W: 32
L: 18

So Cliff’s getting pulled over 90% of the team in wins, and around 50% in losses, which is about what I thought. I’m not arguing with this time sharing arrangement with Pagan – it works and makes sense, and it makes sense to do it this often. I just don’t think I’ve ever seen a manager do it this often. Most of the time, they’ll be too worried about hurting someone’s feelings (so credit to Cliff for going along with that’s best with the team.) It’s a good move by Lou and, more important to me and my need to have proof of things, it’s definitive move by Pinella.

Anyway, the game itself wasn’t much. The Cardinals seemed dead – this was their most consistent starter, and he didn’t have much here. Ted never got into much trouble, probably could’ve gone a complete game if they needed him to (hitters did nothing with the relievers) but like Z’s previous start, it makes more sense to save that inning for down the line.

No homeruns, but it’s nice to see some extra base hits, and a lot of two out hitting. I’m not sure if it’s the Cubs hitting better with two outs, or just hitting better in general and it happens to be coming on two outs, but they’re up from where they were at the end of the weekend.

NYM 57-43 +3.0
MIL 56-45 +1.5
LAD 56-46 +1.0
SDP 54-46 ----
CHC 53-46 -0.5
ARZ 55-48 -0.5
ATL 54-48 -1.0
PHI 52-48 -2.0
COL 51-50 -3.5

The Mets, at least, seem to be starting to break way from their division. But that may just be the Pirates helping out.

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