I'm sitting here at Shea Stadium trying to hear myself blog as the planes fly about nine feet overhead. Won't miss this place. But I'll say one thing. It looks better here only because of the new Citi Field going up beyond the outfield. It's going to be quite a change, and the greatest part appears to be the Ebbets Field-like entrance way.
Here are some thoughts before I come back with the lineups later:
If the Cubs take 11 pitchers to the playoffs, you've got to figure these guys are in:
Marquis (yes, he'll be on the roster)
That leaves the final spot a battle among Gaudin, Howry, Wells and Wuertz. If Gaudin is healthy, I figure him for that spot. Lou got back on the Howry horse for, like, one day and got right back off. I'd be surprised to see Howry on the roster, especially with Samardzija having found it again.
That leaves you 14 position players. These guys look safe:
Lou said yesterday he'd take everbody who's been with the team all year, so that apparently means Daryle Ward makes it. That leaves you one spot. Right now, it appears to be going to Felix Pie over Micah Hoffpauir, largely because Pie can play center field and has speed. Lou has been known to change his mind from time to time, so this all can change at a moment's notice.
Speaking of Theriot, every time people want to write him off or say he's fading, he has a night like last night, when he gets on base five times. He walked twice and singled three times. That put Ryan's OBP back to .380.
The Cubs now have five players with at least 20 homers: Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Soto, DeRosa. That's only happened two other times. In '04, it was Alou, Sosa, Ramirez, Lee and Corey Patterson. In 1958, it was Ernie Banks, Walt "Moose" Moryn, Lee Walls, Bobby Thomson and Dale Long.
Back in a few hours.