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Know Your Enemy 2008 - Week 2
2008-04-14 08:33
by Derek Smart

A little movement and a little more data. Nothing's completely clear yet, but we've got a start. Let's see what happened.

  1. St. Louis Cardinals

    Season Record9-4
    Season RS/RA60/46
    Week's Record4-3
    Week's RS/RA35/33
    Games Back--

    On the surface, this looks like a halfway decent week, but if you note that two of those losses were against the Giants - two losses which could have easily become three, but for the collapse of the San Francisco bullpen on Saturday - and that those same Giants scored 21 runs in that four game series thanks to players like John Bowker, then you can start to see the facade collapse.

  2. Milwaukee Brewers

    Season Record8-4
    Season RS/RA64/51
    Week's Record3-3
    Week's RS/RA24/32
    Games Back0.5

    Nobody hit for the Brewers this week. Nobody.

    Okay, that's not entirely true, but it's close enough, and I think it's safe to say that absent the oddly powerful contribution of Gabe Kapler - 4 for 10 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 2 walks, and 5 RBI, providing the difference in both of the final two victories of the week against the Mets - this would have been an outright terrible week.

    They survived, though, and one of the traits that separates the good teams from the bad ones is the ability to keep afloat during those periods when you're in a collective slump. The Brewers did that this week, and it bodes well for their chances.

  3. Pittsburgh Pirates

    Season Record6-6
    Season RS/RA63/65
    Week's Record6-6
    Week's RS/RA29/27
    Games Back2.5

    The best revenge after getting swept is to return the favor. Absent that immediate opportunity, you may as well assault the next club that comes over. That's exactly what the Pirates did after losing three frustrating games to the Cubs, completely shutting down the Reds for a trio of victories. The big dose of hope came from Tom Gorzelanny, who finally put together a solid outing after getting shelled in his first two, although Bucco fans shouldn't get too excited yet, since he still walked four and only struck out one. Still, anything positive for Gorzelanny is something to be happy for, since if this club hopes to be competitive in the next few years, their young arms have to remain effective for the long term.

  4. Cincinnati Reds

    Season Record6-7
    Season RS/RA52/51
    Week's Record2-5
    Week's RS/RA25/27
    Games Back3.0

    Ouch. After starting the week well by winning two of three versus the Brewers, they scored five - five - runs in three games against the Pirates. Add in the first human outing from Johnny Cueto, and it was an all-around terrible period for the Redlegs. Wanna bet there was some looking ahead to Dusty's return to Chicago this week?

  5. Houston Astros

    Season Record5-8
    Season RS/RA53/55
    Week's Record3-3
    Week's RS/RA28/25
    Games Back4.0

    If Astros fans aren't officially panicked over the performance of Roy Oswalt, they should be. Sure, he managed to strike out six guys and walk no one in his four innings against the Marlins on Friday, but the nine hits, four homers, and eight runs allowed kinda mitigate that. For those keeping score at home, that's an overall ERA of 9.00 after sixteen innings and three starts. If a .500 week can fairly be called harrowing, Oswalt's early inability to be even mediocre is the justification.

2008-04-14 10:37:45
1.   Todd S
I enjoy these KTE posts. Glad to see them back.
2008-04-14 10:39:18
2.   Todd S
Hah! I can't even spell a three-letter word correctly. Make that KYE.
2008-04-14 11:48:52
3.   Derek Smart
Thanks for the affirmation, Todd. This is one of those things that just doesn't generate feedback, so I'm glad to hear it's enjoyed. Helps make it easier to do the work. ;)
2008-04-14 12:37:17
4.   chicagoburke
I'll look forward to your mid-year report on the Red's blog site that details Dusty's impact to the Reds as told thru the eyes of a Cubs Fan...Cueto on the DL, young hitters struggling at the top of the order...inconsistent bullpen. You could win a pulitzer

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