Balls and strikes from Cubs and Sox

What we learned

from City Series, Part One:

A.J. Pierzynski

is good on triples until 2013.

Pierzynski is good on

(bleeping) off teammates until then, too.

Starlin Castro

is money.

Mark Buehrle remains

an Interleague Hall-of-Famer.

Brent Morel knows how to work

at-bats with a veteran’s game-savvy.

It only took homers

in consecutive games for the Cubs to start intentionally walking

Paul Konerko


Gordon Beckham can

field well even if he’s hitting horribly.

Sometimes not even the Hubble Telescope

can determine where

Gavin Floyd


Cubs manager Mike Quade had chances

to bunt in the late innings of the last two losses, but refused to force a bad fielding


team to make plays.

When non-hitting Koyie Hill bats

in a big situation late, it’s a matter of handedness -- the manager’s hamhandedness.

The Cubs continue to live by the old baseball adage

of playing for tie at home and playing for the loss on the road.

Alex Rios is finding it.
I want just enough Brent Lillibridge

to want more, but not more than that.

Carlos Zambrano outpitched

and out-adulted

Jake Peavy


The less mature team

won two of three.

Sergio Santos has some kind

of meditation thing he does in the bullpen.

Sergio Santos has some kind

of nasty stuff he does on the mound.

Crain, Thornton,

Santos, period.

The Cubs defend the squeeze

as badly as the Sox defend the stolen base.

Neither team can play the field

as well as the U.S. Cellular grounds crew.