As Andy so fondly calls him, Seabiscuit’s jockey has an
interesting revealing well-written informative humorous article in this morning’s Tribune about how Wade Miller is the current front runner for the 5th starter’s job.
While part of me still wants Mark Prior to be “the
woman” in Chicago, the other part of me knows that Miller strung together a pretty good three-year stretch in Houston when he was healthy enough to make at least 25 starts. He won 45 games in that three-year stretch and was part of a formidable 1-2 punch with the tractor-driving redneck Billy Roy Oswalt.
Combine that with the fact that Prior was rumored to have been hitting only 83 on the radar guns in his first start, and maybe Miller is the guy we should be hoping has a solid comeback season. Because throwing 85 miles per hour is better than throwing 83 miles per hour, right?
Miller makes the start today against San Diego. And if tracking Miller’s progress doesn’t make today’s game against the Padres intriguing enough, Miller will start opposite new Padre, former Cub, and chronic leg-pisser Greg Maddux.
- “Commissioner” Gordon Wittenmyer suggests, in his 80th column of the week, that Lou Piniella might scrap the team’s initial plan to break camp with 12 pitchers, and he might prefer to go north with 11. Uh, oh, Prior. You’d better make the rotation, or you might be packing your bags for Iowa.
- Here is the recap from yesterday’s game, a 9-8 victory over the A’s. The good? 18 hits, including a leadoff homer from Alfonso Soriano. The bad? Roberto Novoa is still made of gasoline and flint. The ugly? Gordon Freaking Wittenmyer wrote the recap.
- Ryne Sandberg is enjoying his first days on the job as the Peoria Chiefs manager, and his players are star-struck and dreamy-eyed. Guess which reporter is on the scene?
- Lou Piniella hates walks, but not as much as the Lawnmower hates them. Unlike Dusty, however, Lou only seems to hate walks when the Cubs pitchers give them up, not when the Cubs hitters take them.