It only seems fitting the Cubs would defeat Roy Halladay with Rodrigo Lopez. Then again, maybe we’re giving the Cubs too much credit?
The heat index at Wrigley Field Monday night was near 100-degrees–a wave of warmth strong enough to slay one of the game’s fittest players in Halladay.
But the Cubs’ 35-year-old right-hander didn’t seem to mind the blaze. He strung together his third straight quality start while improving to (2-2) with a 3.35 ERA.
We haven’t had many opportunities to tip our cap to the Cubs this season…but Monday they took advantage of an ace off his game and beat a good Phillies team to boot. Pat on the back, especially for Lopez.
And now with Halladay out of the way, the Cubs can concentrate on Cliff Lee. Whoa buddy!
Failing to reach six innings pitched ended Halladay’s string of 63 road starts in which he’s lasted at least six innings. That had marked the longest such streak since Walter Johnson went 82 straight road starts from 1911-15.
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Halladay is (0-3) lifetime at Wrigley Field, just one of six stadiums he’s failed to win a game at throughout his 14-year career.
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“Right now, I’m not interested in a trade,” Aramis Ramirez
Aramis says family obligations will keep him from waiving his no-trade clause. A classic line we’ve heard numerous times, genuine or not.
Thing is, I actually believe Ramirez. And, he has every right to take his family’s well being into consideration. But that won’t stop contenders from trying to woo him away…or the Cubs from trying to deal him.
Aramis may avoid the stress of a deadline deal, but given his offensive tear as of late…Hendry’s sure to make Aramis feel unwelcomed in Chicago by August. Dealing Ramirez will simply bring the Cubs too much in return.
Likewise, too many contenders need this guy for trade talks to vanish. And enough button pushing by Hendry may have Ramirez’s family reconsidering his guaranteed $16M option if dealt.
My guess says Aramis will have a change of heart.
Cubs radio broadcaster, Keith Moreland, played his first four big league seasons with Philadelphia from 1978-81.
He hit .291 with 10 HR & 74 RBI before being dealt to the Cubs on Dec 8, 1981 with Dan Larson and Dickie Noles for Mike Krukow and cash.
Moreland played six seasons with the Cubs hitting .281, 100 HR & 491 RBI.
It’s good knowing the Cubs have company. Cincinnati is (1-6) vs. Pittsburgh this season after dropping Monday’s contest 2-0, sending the surprise Pirates back into first place in the NL Central.
Dontrelle Willis (0-1) made his second start for the Reds and lasted 4.2 innings. He allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits but suffered the loss.
Willis is just 29-years-old, but has not won more than two games since 2007 with the Marlins.