Last night was pretty good for me. I hung out with a few close friends watching the Chicago Cubs game, waiting to hear back from the UWM Post on my application for the Assistant News Editor job. Even though the Cubs lost, I personally felt like they had a chance during the top of the 9th – something that couldn’t be said about this team before.
- Scott Rolen has been struggled in 2012. After 22 games he’s hitting .186 with 15 strikeouts, and has just two home runs. No worries, as Tom Groeschen says his performance is improving lately.
- What Rolen is failing to do on the field he’s making up for off of it: he and other Cincinnati Reds players are assisting with a recycling effort, collecting electronic waste like computers, monitors, DVD players, and radios.
- Following Mike McClendon‘s demotion, the Milwaukee Brewers brought up 33 year old Vinnie Chulk, who last pitched in the majors some three years ago. Not quite a Kenny Powers story but a nice read by Todd Rosiak nonetheless. Chulk faced new teammate Norichika Aoki over in Japan. I wish I could locate those stats.
- A beer tent collapsed outside of Busch Stadium during Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals game. One man died and many were injured. It’s an unfortunate event that happened during some high winds, and you can read about it here.
- I’m really starting to like Tony Campana. When your leadoff man can be on third by the first out, that’s a good thing. Doug Padilla writs about the speedster here.
- Like Rolen, Pedro Alvarez is an NL Central third baseman who is struggling. A big game helped his batting average a bit, but it’s a long road from here.
- Offense has been the problem for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, not pitching. Their arm success stems down to the minor leagues. Three of their farmhands combined to pitch a no hitter against the Durham Bulls on Sunday.