Recent MLB News
- Updated: September 16, 2008
A Cubs No-No
Cubs Ace Carlos Zambrano returned from time off due to a tired arm on Sunday and threw the first no-hitter of his career (and the first by a Cubs pitcher in something like 36 years) against the Astros in Milwaukee due to the Hurricane Ike scare. His performance may have been just what the doctor ordered as the Cubs were on a bit of a slump as of late. The next day, Ted Lily went into 7th inning with a no-hitter of his own before it was eventually broken up. Seeing that they still hold the best record in baseball, they were able to sustain their lead comfortably before Big Z’s energy boost lifted the team, and perhaps all of their fans spirits once again. Could this be the year of the Cubs?!
Something’s Brewing in Milwaukee
While still in the playoff picture, the Milwaukee Brewers have fired manager Ned Yost. For the final two weeks of the season, the brewers will turn to 3B coach Dale Sveum as their interim manager with Bench coach Ted Simmons reassigned to an “advisory role”. Sveum rapidly hired Hall of Famer and former Brewer, Robbin Yount to take the place of Simmons as his bench coach (a smart move). Garth Iorg will be the team’s new 3B coach for the rest of this season. No manager, barring a strike year, has ever been fired this late in the year while in a playoff hunt! Was this unprecedented move a good decision or a bad one or was the wrong man let go (like maybe GM Bob Melvin, after all he was the one who signed Gagne)?
Tied at the Bay
After game one of their remaining regular season meeting, the Boston Red Sox have finally caught up with the first place Tampa Bay Rays (that still sounds weird to me, but I almost like it) and are now tied with them for first place in the AL East with two more head-to-head games to play in Tampa. Josh Beckett (12-9) goes against Andy Sonnanstine (13-7) tonight while Matt Garza (11-9) goes on only three day’s rest to pitch against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (9-10) on Wednesday night. Who will be left standing on top of the AL East at the end of September?