Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hair of the Dog, 9/18/08

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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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I think sheets is the worst great pitcher. I think he's great at pitching, but his results are bad (relative to other great ptichers). He's not an okay pitcher because he's better than okay at pitching. The best okay pitcher would have to be someone whose record is better than their skill.

Tracker said...

We oughtta 15-day dl him immediately. Doing so will lower his market value, and if the rest does get his arm right, he'll be able to pitch again in game 2 of the NLDS, should the Brewers get there.

DannyNoonan said...

That's an interesting idea. I bet he'll make his next start though. And I think we need him to.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the last week of the season for the Mets.

4 with the Cubs at Shea then 3 with the Marlins who may still be in the Wild Card hunt

Mets will not win the WC

PaulNoonan said...

BP has the Brewers over 50% to make the WC, believe it or not.

E.S.K. said...

Also, fuck Josh Howard

Anonymous said...

I agree but if he had been talking about any of the fake national anthems like God Bless America or that Lee Greenwood shit I'd be praising him.

PaulNoonan said...

Maybe he's a big fan of the old Bolsheviks wrestling tag team.

And I agree with the anonymous poster above, although I would add that I'm also fine with ignoring the Pledge of Allegiance.

DannyNoonan said...

Nothing bugs me more than when they play GBA at baseball games. Baseball is the one thing that unites us all, and they mess up the game with such a divisive song. Woody Guthrie was right.

E.S.K. said...

I have no problem with ignoring any of them. Going out of your way to make a jack ass out of yourself because of some persecution complex, however, is another thing entirely.

God Bless America is only divisive to militant Atheists, who have co-opted Atheism and turned it into Elitist-Antigodism. In other words, most people don't give a shit, so "such a divisive song" may be overstating your case. Divisive to the easily offended would be more appropriate.

Having said that, it does seem odd every time I hear it.

DannyNoonan said...

It's not that it offends me, as much as it is that it seems to offend others when I stay seated for it and drink my beer. The thing that divides us didn't need to br brought up at a baseball game.

E.S.K. said...

yeah, that's dumb too. Although, I've never experienced any divisiveness either way during god bless america in all my Sundays.

DannyNoonan said...

This land is yoouuuurrrr land, this land is myyyyy land,
from Califooorniaaa,
to the New York Iiisslaand,
from the red wood forresst,
to the gulf stream waaaters,
this land was made for you and meee.

Woody Guthrie was right.

Anonymous said...

Some idiot got in my face during God Bless America once. He glared at me when I didn't stand up. I asked if he had a problem. He told me to stand. I told him I didn't like Irving Berlin tunes. He made some lame comment about how I should leave the country if I didn't like America.

E.S.K. said...

I think collectively, the Asch Recordings are my favorite music compilation ever.

I think they should play Lindbergh on Sundays instead

E.S.K. said...

oh, and I had some idiot get in my face during Sweet Caroline at a Red sox game. It isn't the songs fault, it's the idiots.

tracker said...

As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

Woody was divisive.

Anonymous said...

Also, I love that This Land is Your Land is an answer song to God Bless America. Like Woody and Irving are rappers or something.

DannyNoonan said...

"Woody was divisive."

They shouldn't play him at baseball games and make people stand for him then.

We're probably getting close to too political for a sports blog. Let's talk about Ben Sheets's elbow or something.

E.S.K. said...

Ben Sheets is a Zionist conspiracy

Anonymous said...

He's also a gay, communist, NRA member.

E.S.K. said...

well now I am thinking they should play Talkin John Birch Paranoid Blues at ever Sheets game.

tracker said...

And an "ace".

PaulNoonan said...

I like it when people give be crap for not standing during GBA. I tell them that they're unpatriotic for elevating another tune to the same level as The Star Spangled Banner and ask them if they also salute ACDC's Back in Black.

Then I give them an uppity look, and duck.

PaulNoonan said...

Oh, and I hate Ben Sheets' elbow.