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  • So Cedeno and Pie elevate it from a win to a burial, and Wood finishes the job with a 6 pitch 1-2-3 9th. And now we're getting complete efforts in all phases against good teams too, rather than making our mark by beating up the junior high kids bused in from western PA.
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    • Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
      Angel Hernandez, calling another gem of a game. I wish I can be this bad at my job and not get fired.
      Don't talk to me about it. The Mets had him 82 games last year.

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      • Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
        Don't talk to me about it. The Mets had him 82 games last year.
        Serious? He was all over the place for both sides actually.
        BELIEVE

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        • Originally posted by G-String Blues View Post
          Nice win today! This team seems special.
          Special fits.. But I have referred to the recent games as "Magic!"
          BELIEVE

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          • Originally posted by RBi View Post
            Special fits.. But I have referred to the recent games as "Magic!"
            Magic seems like a word you'd use when a little luck is involved.

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            • Magic or Special...this team has looked very good in a lot of aspects. Also, gotta hand it to Big Z today, shut down a very good offense.

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              • Originally posted by NJMetfan4life View Post
                Don't talk to me about it. The Mets had him 82 games last year.
                while he was bad at least he wasnt as bad as that first base umpire joker in the braves game tonight. the guy was two steps past the bag and hes still out? yikes!

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                • Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
                  Well he's making good contact and working counts, it was only a matter of time. He's always shown the ability, it was just putting it together.

                  edit: As I wrote this, Ronny had a 7 pitch at bat and knocked in 2 with an rbi single! Cedeno has also been apart of three double plays today.
                  Just want to add on to this... That DP Cedeno had where he tag 2nd and threw to 1st to beat Reyes... Theriot wouldn't have made that DP. Cedeno looked very good at the plate and on the field. I would rather have him at SS than Theriot still IMO. Mainly because of the defense. Cedeno approach to the plate have been different and more patience compare the past couple years. Maybe his offensive skills is finally coming around now. I like Theriot as being like a spark from the bench.

                  As for Pie, his swing looks better. It's a little shorter and more compact. He just needs to learn patience some more, take some pitches, and understand the strike zone better. Also like to see him try some bunts or other way to try jumpstart his offensive skills or boost his confidence in himself and what he can do. Those things will come with experience, time, and a lot of batting practice. While I would like for him to start, I'm ok with him on the bench for the time being and ride on Johnson until he starts to cool down or go on a big slump.

                  I like how the Cubs are playing and their style. I really hope that they will put Soriano out of leadoff spot when he comes back because I can't imagine him getting 30+ steals anymore. He might get in the 20s, but he's need to hit like in the 5th spot and let Fukudome hit 2nd now because he seems like a pure 2 hole hitter. Soriano will move down in the lineup if he was told it's best for the Cubs. Only thing about the Cubs that I can see is that we don't have that great SB guy except maybe Theriot, but we got a lot of fast guys who can be used with good timing and have a higher SB% (Soriano, Pie, Fukudome, Theriot, Cedeno). That's not a big deal really, but it's great to have since IF the offense goes into a runt then we can go small ball with this team and be aggressive.
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                  Actually, I think they were about the same because I lettered in all sports, and I was a two-time state decathlon champion.
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                  My sophomore year I placed 2nd, and my junior and senior year - I got smart and piled up enough points between myself and second place where I didn't have to run the mile.
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                  • I don't think you need a SB specialist per se (didn't help us that much in '06, did it?), but we have a lot of guys who can easily push for 20+ a year. I'm just glad to see we're at least trying now. And glad to see that Jason Kendall is catching for our division rival.

                    So Bob, I'm conceding now that you were 100% correct.... It appears that Cedeno should indeed be playing SS for the Chicago Cubs.

                    I think I need a shower now.
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                    • Cedano is someone who I have not been a huge fan of, but I have noticed several high quality at bats from Cedano - particularly over the last week or so.
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                      • Today's lineup ain't half bad. I wouldn't bat Pie second (I probably would bat Fukudome at the 1 or 2 spot, with Reed at the other spot), but happy to see Pie in the lineup. Otherwise, not that different from what I would have done. Blanco's in to spell Soto, which has to be done. Lou's got the right people playing in the right positions today.
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                        • I think the Mets have the best left infield in the majors this year and last year. I give them the nod over Jeter/Rodriguez, Escobar/Jones and last year's Cabrera/Ramirez, on the the strength of both their offenses and defenses. This will be the best tandem for awhile, and a groundball pitcher's dream.
                          To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                          • Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
                            Today's lineup ain't half bad. I wouldn't bat Pie second (I probably would bat Fukudome at the 1 or 2 spot, with Reed at the other spot), but happy to see Pie in the lineup. Otherwise, not that different from what I would have done. Blanco's in to spell Soto, which has to be done. Lou's got the right people playing in the right positions today.
                            Lilly is on the mound, right (the game isn't televised in Wichita)? Blanco might be the thing that straightens him back out. As good as Soto has been, Blanco is still the better caller.
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                            • Pie

                              Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
                              Today's lineup ain't half bad. I wouldn't bat Pie second (I probably would bat Fukudome at the 1 or 2 spot, with Reed at the other spot), but happy to see Pie in the lineup. Otherwise, not that different from what I would have done. Blanco's in to spell Soto, which has to be done. Lou's got the right people playing in the right positions today.
                              I like Lou's style though. Pie had that big hit last night and Lou sticks him in the two hole. He instills confidence in his players. He puts them in a position to suceed. This doesn't mean Pie wil be there forever. Lets see what the kid can do.

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                              • Just pulled up gameday. Bases are loaded with no outs, but unfortunately the table is set for Cedeno, Blanco, and Lilly. GO CUBS!
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