I know it's barely into May, but if he keeps this up, Jeff Samardzija may just end up being the biggest Cub revelation of 2012.
No matter who they bring up.
He allowed 3 hits and 1 run over 7 2/3 innings in last night's 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds, the velocity on his fastball staying around 96.
Yeah, he had the one bad outing so he's ranked all the way down at 39 in ERA at 3.41, .001 behind Roy Halladay.
One might be tempted to throw a compliment at Jim Hendry for his foresight in signing the wide reciever, but then one notices that Dodger Ted Lilly is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.38 while wretched backup Blake DeWitt has only gotten in a couple games and has 4 hits in his 28 at-bats.
So to be clear, no.
One loses any temptation to compliment Jim Hendry immediately.
And Bryan LaHair hits another dinger and joins the big boys at the top of the HR list. (It should be noted that while LaHair is one homer behind Lyin' Ryan Braun, LaHair has 63 at bats while Braun has 90)
And Ian Stewart got one as well.
And I'm reading these crazy stories about there being a concern about the Reds' starting rotation.
Because you never read that about a Dusty Baker team, right?
Still out of town, still crazy busy, this illustration is in the current issue of Vine Line which I did last month which is why I can put up a fresh one.
You guys know my gigantic irrational inland fear and morbid fascination with sharks - I have a google alert for shark attacks, and they happen literally all the time.
Okay so that's something else, but I do wish that they'd really put these "shark sighting" signs up around Wrigley Field when Samardzija is pitching.
Lastly, to follow the Roger Clemens trial, follow Jim Baumbach!
Yesterday it looked like Roger's D scored a safety by getting Andy Pettitte to admit he may have misunderstood Clemens when he thought Clemens said he'd done HGH.
I believe the correct word is "misremembered".