Northside For Life

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Mahalo Jerome

I have to admit I felt pretty good about Jerome Williams before last night's game. The recent acquisition from the Giants had shown some promise in Frisco -even starting a game in the 2003 NLDS against the Marlins - before injuries and family problems affected his pitching performance. He did pretty good last night, giving up only two runs - on two solo homers from Bill Hall - on three hits and striking out six in seven innings of work. His control was a little spotty at times, as he gave up four walks, but the defense helped him out with a couple of DP's and he never let the walks come back to bite him. A solid start from the native Hawaiian.

The secret to his success?
Might be the puca shell necklace.

His good start does leave the Cubs in a bit of a dilemma as far as the rotation goes. ESPN1000 reported this morning that Prior is a go for Sunday's game with the White Sox, and with Woody's return on the horizon as well, there are too many good arms in the rotation and someone may have to get sent back to Iowa. From what I've heard, it appears that Mitre will stay in the rotation and Rusch will get demoted to the bullpen, with Williams possibly having to get sent back down to Iowa. The reasoning behind this is that Rusch would be better out of the bullpen than Mitre, who has been brought up through the minors as a starter. Rusch has been pretty decent in that "swingman" role, alternating between the bullpen and the rotation. He can make that transition more easily than Mitre could. Also given the lack of effective lefties in the pen, putting Rusch there might be a good idea. I'd like Williams to stick around, but he's also a natural starter and might not make an easy transition to the pen. Either way, it's a nice dilemma to have.
As for me, I'll be making the drive up to Beertown to catch tonight's game. Big Z is on the mound and hopefully he can get out of his mini-funk and keep the good times rolling. I haven't been to Miller Park since the '03 season, the game in which Randall Simon hit a homerun and then payed for Italian sausages for the entire section where the ball landed. Speaking of sausage, I might try for the cycle tonight (eating an Italian sausage, a Polish sausage, a Bratwurst, and a hot dog). I came up one short last time, but if I'm in the mood for gorging myself I'll give it a go tonight. Go Cubs!


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