and we wonder why nobody takes the national league seriously. here we have the last two pennant winners, the lone nlcs participants of the last two campaigns -- the class of the league -- and the pitching pairing as they renew their rivalry features . . . . . ? after monopolizing the playoffs for two years running, the nl central has returned to its "comedy central" roots. check out the division's runs scored/allowed spreads:
changing subjects: we've been wondering whose roster spot jeff weaver will take; derrick goold at birdland offers this:
if ponson does preserve his hide, what then? that will leave six starters in the rotation; something will have to give. three options:
- move ponson to the bullpen, send kinney back down
- send reyes back to memphis
- trade somebody
farm tour: trey hearne was cruising last night -- perfect through 4 innings vs ft wayne, only 1 run through 5. in the 6th -- with an 11-1 lead -- he either got tired, lost focus, or just started lobbing it over the plate; whatever the reason, he got pasted for 5 runs, which is more runs than he had given up in his previous month-plus of pitching. no real harm done; hearne won his 6th game for quad cities. i taped an interview with trey before the game and will have the transcript up ASAP --- hopefully before his next start.
sandwich 1st-rounder chris perez threw another scoreless inning in that game; 05 1st-rounder ty greene hit a homer, his 2d. he's feasting on low-a pitching so far; maybe the demotion will help him get his legs under him.
'nother good outing for brad furnish (3d round) at state college; his 1st win as a pro.
memphis shortstop john nelson blasted his 16th homer last night; he has very quietly ascended to #5 on the pcl HR leaderboard -- and ranks 1st among the league's non-altitude-assisted players. still not a very good player, but he's on pace for 30 taters in a good league, playing his home games in a pitcher's park . . . . .