Monday, July 2, 2007

Comedy Central Report, 7/2

Borrowing from the media’s name for the National League Central, the Comedy Central Report is a daily feature which recaps all the previous day’s games in which a central team played. Keep track of all six teams vying for the most mediocre division title in baseball.

Pirates win another series, but fall 3-2 in finale against Nationals
Recap: It's pretty tough to be too upset with the way the Pirates are playing right now. Poor Malholm, though, can't catch a break as another quality start is wasted. If there is something to complain about its the play of Jason Bay, who hasn't had more than 2 hits in a game since May 27th.

All You Need to Know: Freddy was picked to go to the All-Star Game for the second year in a row. We'll see if La Russa will actually play the Pirates' representative this time around. Gorzo still has a shot, too, as he's one of the players in the vote for the final spot. Depending on the support he gets, we'll see if fans are only disillusioned with the ownership, as was repeated many times over the last week, or the entire team.

Cubs climb closer, defeat Brewers 5-1

Recap: Jason Marquis got his first win in almost two months and the Cubs begin to put some pressure on the Brewers. Aramis Ramirez had another 2 RBIs, capping off a series where he went 5-10 with 5 RBIs, all of which seemed to come at crucial moments. I guess that's what happens when your teammates are so friendly. (Via Deadspin)

All You Need to Know: The 4 game series between the Bucs and the Brewcrew starts tonight. I'm surprisingly optimistic about it, not exactly sure why, but we're playing better and feeling like this may be the last time the Pirates have any chance at relevancy this year makes me excited for the series to start. As excited for a team 11 games under as you can get anyway.

Cards outslug Reds, 11-7
Recap: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 585th homerun, moving within 1 of Frank Robinson for 6th all-time. Reds manager Jerry Narron was fired after the game and replaced by interim manager Pete Mackanin, who was also interim manager of the Pirates when Lloyd was fired. From what I remember, Mackanin was very ardent in his belief that he should have kept the job, going 12-13 in the last 25 games of the '05 campaign. I'm not saying he deserved it, but I also have little doubt Littlefield considered him for the job, as his love affair with Jim Tracy was well documented. Great decision so far.

Cardinals Stat of the Day: The Cardinals only have 24 stolen bases this year, ranking last in the majors. Yes, I'm running thin on stats.

Astros destroy Rockies 12-0

Recap: Lance Berkamn is starting to come out of his LaRoche-like slump as the 'Stros take the series. Hunter Pence continues to emerge, going 4-5 on the night.

All You Need to Know: Is it me or does the entire NL Central seem to be improving with the exception of the Reds? Colorodo went 1-5 in their series against the Cubs and Astros.

Your Comedy Central Standings on July 2nd, 2007:

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