'Twas another extra-inning heart breaker tonight as the Cubs fell to the Cards 4-3 in 11. Once again there were opportunities with a runner on third in the late innings. Once again, the Cubbies just couldn't make it happen.
Tyler Colvin went 1-for-5 at the plate and, more to the point, 1-for-2 in steal attempts. There was talk among the ESPN commentators that he's a strong candidate for Rookie of the Year in the National League. Don't get me wrong, he's a good player but he's just not a leadoff man. Job description: get on base, steal second or get to third on a single, score the run. The Cubs don't have a guy like that. It's not Colvin's fault. With his numbers, he should be, and eventually will be, hitting in a different spot. If the Cubs make a deal before the deadline, I hope they will address this desperate need - at least in the form of a prospect for the future.
All Part of My Fantasy
The silver lining for me in tonight's game is the fact that Cardinals third baseman Felipe Lopez hit the winning home run. Lopez, you see, is on my fantasy team. And, I only played him today because Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals), my usual man at third, got the day off.
The Dan Haren D'backs-to-Angels deal should also be a good one for me. It hasn't been such a great year thus far for the pitcher but moving to a better team should help him get some wins. Plus, given that he now plays for a team which scores loads of runs and is in the American League where he won't have to hit, he should be able to pitch later into games, thus getting more strikeouts.