Tough day for Bradley, Cubs in loss to Twins

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This weekend my two favorite teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins, play three games of interleague baseball. The first game went, deservedly, to the Twins, who played good, clean, fundamental baseball. Kevin Slowey was impressive on the mound for the Twins, with 10 strikeouts in six innings. Mauer and Kubel hit homers and the rest of the Twins played like the professionals they are.

Then there was Milton Bradley (currently hitting .224 , when he’s not on the DL . . . so much for the big bucks we spent on him). The article linked above says it all: “There are bloopers, and then there was Milton Bradley’s day. . . . Bradley hit a two-run double in the sixth, but also made a baserunning gaffe that inning, lost a ball in the sun in the seventh and was charged with an error in the eighth when he caught a ball for the second out and threw it to a fan in the bleachers. Someone got a souvenir, and the Minnesota Twins handed the Cubs a 7-4 Interleague loss.”

There are just no excuses for anyone making that much money to play the way he (and several other Cubs) have been playing. In one of the long games in Houston recently, Soriano seemed to just lose interest in the later innings. These guys make more in one day than I’ve ever made in an entire year. The least they can do is pay attention for the three hours (or even a bit more) that it takes to play a baseball game.

The Twins organization doesn’t put up with that kind of “lolly-gagging around” the infield and outfield and basepaths . . . and it shows. Though to be fair to my beloved Cubbies, it must be difficult to come to work everyday and have to face Lou, who doesn’t seem to spread much joy or inspiration in the dugout . . .

Two more day games in this series. (The way God meant for baseball to be played.)

Line ups Revisited

Back in March, I noted that Lou’s predicted lineup of Alfonso Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, MIlton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto and Ryan Theriot (plus pitcher) seemed unlikely. In fact, I’m fairly certain it has NEVER materialized in a game yet this season. [I’ve now checked. There was only ONE game in which these eight players all started (April 22, 2009 vs. Reds–Lost 3-0) and they did NOT start in the above order.]

Okay, there have been lots of injuries already this year, including Bradley, Miles, Soto, Ramirez, and now Zambrano. Hard to have a set lineup when so many guys are out. Also shows how ridiculous it is to predict a lineup for the season back in March, especially when Lou can’t seem to stick to anything for five minutes, no less a season. Anyway, Fontenot and Theriot have been doing a pretty good job, though for a while there I thought Theriot was too distracted by his little “jazz spot”/”soul patch” facial hair to focus on the ball in the infield. Lately he’s making up for that at the plate, so he’s back in my good graces.

Still not a big fan of Lou. Most of the time he doesn’t seem to have a clue. And every time he opens his mouth to speak to the press, I cringe (kind of like what Barack Obama must feel whenever Joe Biden opens his mouth). I don’t get any sense that Lou learned anything from all those coaching/sports psychology books he said he was reading over the winter.

But, it’s still early in the season . . .

I made a bunch of notes while watching the Cubs/Yankees play the first game at “new” Yankee Stadium, but I wasn’t near a computer then and seem to have misplaced the notes somewhere. Will post if I find them.