NL Central Drafty With No One To Shut The Door

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Baseball_Batting_Tee.jpgMan, that was some game in Chicago yesterday, eh kids? The recipe was equal parts starting pitching excellence and relief pitching incompetence with a dash of Asian intrigue (or was that chili sauce). Other than Carlos Zambrano not drinking enough water, the story of the day seems pretty clear. The top two contenders in this division have the wrong closers.

Kerry Wood's 3 run blowjob came on the heels of Carlos Marmol relieving Zambrano with 1.1 scoreless innings. Marmol had an impressive '07 and an impressive Spring. If that left Wood with a tight leash, he must be absolutely choking right now. How long till Piniella makes the switch?

But Wood was almost let off the hook by the immortal Eric Gagne. It appears the switch back to the NL has not stopped this guy's Michael Keaton-esque career swan dive. His three run homer to Fukudome shows he's picking up right where he left off last year. Ned Yost seems to have no plans to shake up the bullpen, instead labeling it one of the strengths of the team. This is smart, you don't want to get reactionary after one game. But anyone who's seen Gagne pitch since injuries began to derail him 3 years ago has to agree that's it wishful thinking that this is a bump in the road. You're going to need a new closer eventually, homeboy.

Bullpen tumult is not a minor problem and it further clouds a division that was already tough to figure out. Piniella and Yost have huge decisions to make if things don't straighten out.

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Marmol > marmots

Leave Michael Keaton alone. He was great in Jack Frost!

/showing myself out

Fuk-U-Do-Me...CLAP!, CLAP!, CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!
Fuk-U-Do-Me...CLAP!, CLAP!, CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!
Fuk-U-Do-Me...CLAP!, CLAP!, CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!
Fuk-U-Do-Me...CLAP!, CLAP!, CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!

Marmol

That should have read:
Marmol

Oh for fuck's sake, HTML hates me.

Marmol - less than symbol - Marmalade

When Yost does finally get around to replacing the steroids-linked and injury-plagued Gagne, he's going to have a tough choice between the steroids-linked and injury-plagued Derek Turnbow or the steroids-linked and injury-plagued Guilermo Mota.

Good luck with that, Neddy.

Beer goggles > Eric Gagne goggles

Gagne gets $10 million to suck balls. What a country.

@GBT: For reals. I only make like 25 bucks for doing the same... ah, forget it.

Kerry-stase > Gagne Fructis

/dumbass shampoo joke

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