Saturday, September 6, 2008

not a complete waste



Things are looking rather dim.

But, no matter what happens, I refuse to give in to the pessimism. Here are some positives we can take away from the pile of disappointments that was the game last night:

1. Braden Looper pitched like a superhero.

7-1/3 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 6 strike-outs

He had guys chasing and spinning all night. Go Braden! and I hope we see him a Cards' uniform next season.

2. Springer and Villone got it done. (They each get brownies.) Ron especially impressed me because it seems like his command has been a little off lately, and while he wasn't exactly perfect last night, he was good enough... and that's good enough.

3. Felipe López played a little right field and is well on his way to cementing himself in the utility role for Tony. Maybe next we'll get to see him pitch an out or two. Wonder what will happen with him in the off-season...
4. Kennedy was on fire (at least by Kennedy standards) and made a couple of really tough, really important plays at second base. He also provided the only RBI we had.

5. Albert had a couple of hits, and Chipper had none, and apparently even Atlanta can beat Washington. (And, no, that doesn't have anything to do with anything.) So if you're focusing on individual accomplishments in an effort to block the pain, José Alberto's .360 currently has him in the lead for the batting title.

That's all I can think of right now. If anything else occurs to me, I'll get back to you.

(The Cubs lost.)

Pujols for MVP.