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By Jeff Mayfield

[MAY 4, 2004]  LDN staffers were on hand for two of the four games in beautiful Busch Memorial Stadium, one of the best old parks around. Ironically, LDN staffers were at both Cub victories (remind me never to assign any staffers to this series again). I thought it would be good to get some gleanings from this first big series of the year…

What we learned:

That the Cubs are pretty good.

That they and the 'Stros will definitely be a two-team race.

That they could've swept the series.

Cards might've won three but could not have swept; were lucky to win two.

Cubs pitching is better than some of the moaners have cried about so far and should get better when Prior returns.

The Cubs' everyday lineup is much better than advertised.

The Cubs stole Derek Lee from the Marlins.

Greg Maddux will still win 12-16 games and may put this team over the hump.

Cards pitching has been better than anyone thought over the last two weeks.

But where is the hitting?

I hope we're not going to go through another season where we have one for two weeks and then the other but neither at the same time. That is aggravating.

More small ball would help. Both teams have shown it a little but seem to be reluctant to go with it consistently. I'll bet Whitey Herzog is spinnin' in his bass boat!

Hitting behind the runners is a lost art on these two teams.

 

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Baseball has lost a lot of fans.

It was reported that these two contenders did not sell out the series.

Remember when neither team was any good?… You couldn't get a ticket.

What is up with both teams' bullpens?

Why do they not come into a game and do what they've been called on to do?

I mean if you can hum in a fast ball at 98 mph, why are you dinkin' around with curves and walking people? And vice versa?

I know that if I could bring the gas, I would bring the gas.

Overpowering pitchers are hard to hit.

No one is scared of guys who can't throw strikes.

And what's up with the umpires?

It's to the point that you can't even have a conversation with them.

A strong commissioner would fix that.

Best value at any ballpark? The Bird feeder: a dog, chips, drink and cookie for $3.25!

Heck, that's making me hungry for another series… but keep one eye on the White Sox. They might be the most exciting team in the Midwest this summer…

Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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