Reds (2nd place, 36-27)
After an eight game win streak and a temporary vault into first place, the Reds crashed against the Cubs, losing the last three of a four game series. To the CUBS. Ick. Of course, they shouldn't have lost some of those games. When you have some never was reliever giving up grand slams after a well pitched game by your worst pitcher, or you again don't score enough runs for your hard luck rookie pitcher, you're going to lose.
Funny how those three losses pretty much erased the euphoria of sweeping the Deadbirds at the beginning of the week.
Griffey is trying his best to shut up the center field naysayers. Question is, is he just having to dive because for those balls he's slower in getting to those balls, are are they really spectacular plays? Poor guy will never get the benefit of the doubt, will he? There's a reason he's moved up to second in the All-Star voting.
Sometimes, the Twilight Zone descends upon us, as the offense has been bad and the starting pitching brilliant. As of Sunday, the Reds starters had the third best ERA in the National League. Yeah, I know it's hard to believe, but it's true!
Felipe needs to be sent to college to get some intelligence. He makes far too many bonehead plays. Or should I say, his bonehead thoughts don't make the plays.
That play Brandon Phillips made on Sunday, the one that was the ESPN number 1 webgem, was one of the greatest plays I've ever seen. I still can't figure out how he managed to pull that one off.
Speaking of Krivsky, I heart David Ross.
I love Rich Aurlia, too. He hits it when it counts, not like some other Reds we know, the ones who only hit with no one on base. Yeah, 20 roundtrippers are nice when they make you win, but geez, we're going to have to nickname the unnamed "rallykiller."
Is anyone sad that Stormy is hurt? Bueller? Bueller?
Nats (3rd place, 30-34)
It was a great week, with the Nats taking 3 of 4 phrom Philly and 2 of 3 from the hated Braves.
Four games under .500. Wow. The Nats have the best record in baseball since May 18th. After that horrendous Kansas City Royals like start, it really is something. Of course, they can't make up any ground because those Mets keep winning, too. But with the way this team is playing, it's going to be a shame when it's dismantled next month.
The winning is pretty perplexing, actually. The Nats have no outfielders, only a guy in leftfield who is hitting like Bonds in his glory days. I didn't miss, nor will I miss Jose Guillen. I'm hoping he brings some decent prospects next month.
I hate RFK.
I heart Ryan "Brooks" Zimmerman.
Tony Armas Jr is so much more than we could have ever hoped for. The guy is 6-3 (should have more Ws) with a 3.48 ERA.
I am still pissed about closing concessions in the middle of the fourth inning after the rain delay on Friday. It's like they were trying to prove that yes, the fan experience can always get worse. I don't think I'm going to be complaining about people not showing up to games anymore. I understand now.
Giants (3rd, 32-31)
This should sum up the week: The Giants lost 3 of 4 to Pitifulsburg. At least they took 2 of 3 to the AAA Fish. It's a shame they couldn't take advantage of the D'backs 7 game losing streak.
Bonds has a "hurt side muscle" and didn't play much this week. He has a .473 OBP with 8 homers, but it smells very much of the end.
This team is too old.
Morris and Lowry both pitched well against the Bucs. Too bad it was wasted.
I still believe this team will come around. They're only 3 games out.
Around the horn
Jason Grimsley is the devil. He gets what he gives. Pete is banned for life, yet Grimsley only gets 50 games? What's wrong with these people who make these decisions?
Roger. Best. Pitcher. Ever.
Congrats to Reggie Sanders, who became only the fifth player in MLB history to hit 300 homers and get 300 stolen bases. He's in the company of some guys named Bonds and Mays.
Congrats to Chipper for surpassing Dale Murphy on the Braves all time RBI list.
Lastings Milledge has the coolest name in baseball.
Ole, ole ole ole...USA! USA! USA! deflate...
Demon of the week
Jason Grimsley. I hope he never pitches in a Major League game again. It's a shame that he isn't getting the same amount of hate as Barry. Grimsley's far worse, because he was going to take down as many players with him as he could. That is the most despicable trait a person can have, one of them, anyway. Oh, and he's a big fat CHEATER, too.