Youth Movement

You won’t see tonight’s game on ESPN Classic.  But the Cubs won, and that’s all that matters.

Sean Marshall pitched well, for the second straight game.  For a guy making his first two major league starts, he’s performed better than anyone could have hoped.  Matt Murton had a couple of extra base hits, including a bases-clearing triple.  Ronny Cedeno made a couple of great defensive plays.  The young guys are getting it done.  Now if the fatter, older guys would just fall in line (like you, Glendon Rusch). 

On the injury front, Kerry Wood will pretend like he’s actually a member of the team when he and simulated game guru Larry Rothschild get together in Mesa on Saturday.

According to Cubs.com, "Kerry Wood, coming back from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, will face hitters on Saturday in Mesa, in what will amount to a three-inning simulated game. Wood is slated to throw 15 pitches each "inning." Rothschild said the session will be more than just batting practice because they will have pretend counts and keep track of outs."

Well super.  Uh Kerry?  IT’S APRIL 14TH!  But have fun pretending. 

This just in.  The Cardinals lost a 1-0 game to the Reds.  This is funny for 3 reasons:

  1. It’s the Reds.  You have to be able to score at least one run against the Reds.  Here’s the pitchers that combined for the shutout:  Aaron Harang, Kent "Don’t You Dare Say Good Things About Roy Oswalt on WGN Television" Mercker, Todd Coffey, and David Weathers. 
  2. Jim Edmonds struck out with the bases loaded in the 8th. 
  3. Okay, there’s only two reasons.  But seriously, it’s the Reds.  When the Cubs lost two of three to the Reds, it was embarrassing.  But at least they didn’t get shut out by those four guys. 

Go Cubs.

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