A Much Needed BreakLet's see. No Cubs. No Sox. No Bulls. No Blackhawks. Finally, a sports-free evening. Of course, I did swing by Barnes & Noble to pick up a few baseball books I've been meaning to read. But that doesn't count, does it?
I was long overdue for a night devoid of Chicago baseball. Regardless, if you're a Cubs fan or a White Sox fan, you can find fault with your team. Being a Cubs fan, I've been troubled with their inconsistency. One day they'll unload and score five runs in the first inning and cruise to an easy victory. Some games, they've needed every one of those runs to hang on for the win. The next day, they'll implode and the game will be over by the third inning. If you're a Sox fan, you are terrified of the bullpen. Matt Thornton, you're newly named closer for 2011, has had four save opportunities. Yes, he's blown all four chances. That being said, both teams are still fine in their respective divisions.
The Cubs are in third place in the National League Central. With a record of 6-6, they trail the Cincinnati Reds by only two games. The Milwaukee Brewers, who started the season 0-4, have won seven of their last eight games and silently snagged second place away from the Cubs. The Cubs have all ready lost two starting pitchers, Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells, to the disabled list,
The White Sox are also in third place with a record of 7-5. They trail the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central by only one game. Fortunately for the Sox, they have held the lead in all 12 games they've played this season. Unfortunately, they've lost games late. Some have even been forced into extra innings. The Sox are just getting Adam Dunn back into the lineup from his appendectomy.
Both teams are still only a dozen games into the season. They still have a long journey ahead of them, so I'm not quite ready to pull the plug on the season. Still, while watching a handful of Cubs games, I could've sworn it was August and they were 15 games out of first place.
I guess it's time to peek at MLB Network, then flip to Conan, and call it a night.