So my buddy Oif has this story about when he was little and his dad was gonna make him mow the lawn all summer. It was for the good of the household. Oif was learning about responsibility, and the yard would look good.
Only Oif had a different idea.
He lowered the blades on the mower... and mowed.
Cut the grass so short that it pretty much ruined the yard.
His dad decided that Oif shouldn't mow the lawn any more.
Now I'm not saying the Carlos Zambrano move to the bullpen was a great idea - I'm not even sure about Lou Piniella's motives for that. In fact, the more I think about this team, the...more gross it gets.
I'm listening to the Score this morning, and Mully & Hanley are talking to Trib baseball guy Dave Van Dyck. Van Dyck is saying things like Big Z's "nose was growing" when he was talking about being happy in his bullpen role. Yesterday when they announced that Z was gonna move back to the rotation, part of the story was something like "It's no secret that Carlos has lost velocity..." and that the move to the pen may have been a way to help him regain some of that (which... does that make any sense?).
But there's no doubting that Carlos' performance vs. the Pirates the other night was horrible. He hit a guy and gave up a homer to Garrett Jones. The Cubs lose, and after that game came the interview that I think Van Dyck was talking about.
So anyway, somewhere in this Score chat this morning, either Mully or Hanley asked Van Dyck if he thought Carlos "grooved" the home run pitch to Jones.
I'm SOOO NOT saying he did, but the very fact that that could be talked about on the freaking radio?
Dude, that makes my head spin.
Anyway, long story short is I figure Carlos pulled an Oif here.
There's just no other way I can figure it. After the "lost some velocity" comment, after finding out he's going back to the rotation, and then Carlos' performance last night with the consistent 93 - 94 mph fastballs. He looked pretty good didn't he?
At some point in the future we'll find out just what's going on in Lou's clubhouse, if it's truly the disaster I think it might be.
And, if Carlos DID groove that pitch?
Words would not describe my anger.
Anyway, Carlos Silva is now 5-0 (that's just too weird to write) after the Cubs beat the Rockies 6-2.
Tonight they fly to Philadelphia, to play the team with the best record in the NL.
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