Friday, May 8, 2009

Open Thread: Good V. Evil

Evil is in town, and will put some guy just called up from Iowa on the mound because Carlos Zambrano hurt himself bunting. He’s a dandy, that one.

BP has the following on Randy Wells:

“The Cubs gave up too quickly on Wells, who was taken by the Blue Jays in December's Rule 5 draft. While he does not have that one plus-plus offering that makes scouts do a Tex Avery double-take, he mixes and matches well enough to be a league-average reliever and has struck out more than a batter an inning in his minor league career. Once again, the Cubs' focus appeared to be on his ERA, which has been inflated by some high BABIP marks, rather than on his more informative and encouraging peripheral stats.”

So he might not be that bad. Opposing young Mr. Wells will be David Bush, who, if memory serves, is like 1-7 against Evil. Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, and Kosuke Fukudome have been particularly Goliath against young David. The lineup is fairly standard:

2B Rickie Weeks
RF Corey Hart
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
CF Mike Cameron
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Bill Hall
C Jason Kendall
RHP Dave Bush

Jason Kendall will be doing the catching, and the not-hitting. By the way, Jason’s Baseball Reference page can be sponsored for only $50. I recommend buying it and writing “KENDALL SUCKS” in huge letters. That way when he reads it, he will realize that he sucks.

Fortunately for the Brewers, Geovany Soto has actually been worse than Kendall. So we got that going for us. Which is nice. (Though his backups have played surprisingly well.)

Enjoy the weekend, and the game.

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