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Game 44 Open Thread -- May 23, 2009

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Hochevar Lohse
0-1, 16.88 3-3, 4.66

It was another well pitched game last night -- this one by Wellemeyer. Granted, neither the Cubs nor the Royals are hitting very well right now but a few good starts ought to, at the very least, give our pitchers some well-needed confidence. After 4 well pitched games in a row, and 4 consecutive wins, Lohse goes for #5 this afternoon. He's had 3 pretty bad outings in a row. Maybe the Royals will help him out a little. After starting last year really strong, he went through a similar stretch of 3 not very good games right at the beginning of May and then turned it around w/ a 6 inning, 2 ER, 0 BB stint against the Rays. Rays, Royals...interleague play...if that ain't foreshadowing, I don't know what is.

Despite the fact that many of us were panicking just a few days ago, and those of us who weren't were concerned, the Cards have run off 4 straight wins, largely due to strong starting pitching. We're still not hitting that well but we're getting on base often enough to squeeze across just enough runs to win. I'm excited to see Luke Hochevar, unfortunately I'm not going to be able to, thanks to the ridiculous MLB blackout rules. Oh well. I guess I'll have to follow along on gameday.