A couple of interesting notes while waiting for the first series in 50-years between 100-loss clubs to play out this afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Astros (54-106) at Cubs (60-101) series marks the first time since 1962 triple-digit loss teams have squared off against one another…and the Cubs, not surprisingly, were also part of that history with its (59-103) record taking on the lowly expansion Mets (40-120). Good grief.
MARK DeROSA: Davey Johnson penciled former Cub Mark DeRosa into the Nationals’ starting lineup against the Phillies Tuesday night.
That’s hardly news worthy, except for the fact DeRosa was the starting shortstop–a position he hasn’t played since doing so for a single inning while with Chicago in 2008.
DeRosa’s last start at SS came with Texas in 2006. D-Ro (.198, 0 HR, 6 RBI) finished last night’s game 2-for-4 with a double in the Nats’ 4-2 win at Washington.
ADAM GREENBERG: Very cool to watch Adam Greenberg’s at-bat with the Marlins. It was a quick, three strikes and yer’ out…but exciting and heart-felt, nonetheless.
Although some might feel Greenberg was dealt a tough break facing knuckleballer RA Dickey, I think it may have been a blessing.
With the odds already terribly low Greenberg gets a base knock in his lone at-bat, striking out against a legitimate stud like Dickey should add more closure to Greenberg’s career than had he whiffed against say, Chris Volstad. Whereas there’s absolutely no shame in Greenberg fanning against the NL leader in strikeouts and potential Cy Young Award winner.
And is it just me, or do you get the feeling this isn’t Greenberg’s last stop in the major leagues? I think there’s a real chance he ends up on a big league spring roster…you never know.
VIDEO: Here’s a terrific video recapping the 20-years of futility for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who enter the season finale (79-82). Click here
And here’s a funny blurb about the Buccos from BaconSports.com with a slight Cubs reference:
“The Pirates have been nothing short of a Milton Bradley disaster in the second half of the season and seem as likely to win 5 of their next 6 games as Rae Carruth has at starting at WR for the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.”