Last night the Brewers FINALLY untucked their shirts for the first time in 5 games. The Crew started hot, scoring 3 runs in the first inning and never lost the lead, beating the Cubs 6-2. Fielder is clearly heating up--he was 3 for 4 with two doubles--which should give us all hope. Prince's resurgence over the last two days has me wondering whether there was some sort of problem between him and Yost. Was he mad at Ned for shooting all those elks and shit? Who knows? What we do know is that since Yost has left, Prince has started to revert back to the 2007 version. Hardy was also 3-5 with a double from his new spot behind Fielder.
The bad news is that Ben Sheets threw just two innings before leaving the game with some sort of booboo. Who gives a damn what it is at this point? Lets just hope he's back soon. Sheets bowing out of one of the most important games in his career, and right before he becomes a free agent has left Tyler Maas at Bugs & Cranks wondering whether Sheets is the worst great pitcher in contemporary baseball, or is he the best OK pitcher? The JS is also reporting that Sheets's injury has been lingering. He had an MRI on August 26th even. Gee, it's a good thing he threw 110 or more pitches in two of his next three starts. Somebody should be fired for that...
The good news is that the bullpen looked pretty awesome. 32-year-old career minor leaguer Mark DiFelice looked solid and picked up his first "W." Coffey, CV, Stetter, Gagne and Mota all threw scoreless innings or parts of innings as well. This was one of the prettiest games I've seen in which a team used 8 pitchers.
In other Brewers pitching action, Yovani Gallardo threw another simulated game in Arizona on Tuesday and is expected to join the team this weekend. I'm starting to think that Gallardo and Ben Sheets are the same person. Has anybody ever seen both of these guys healthy and playing in Brewers uniforms at the same time?
Sadly, not much changed in the WC race. Both the Phillies and the Mets won, so we're still a half-game back on the Mets in the wild card, and a whole game back on the Phillies in the hypothetical wild card. Houston lost though, dropping them to 3.5 games behind us.
In football news, the Minnesota Vikings made their team slightly better by putting Tavaris Jackson on the bench. Gus Frerotte is still in the NFL, and apparently on the Vikings, and will start.
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