As if I didn't like the Phillies enough to start, my idiotic choice to dump one of their closers cost Hoagy Time a much-needed victory this week. Brad Lidge went on the DL, and I figured Ryan Madson would be an adequate stopgap solution. Minus-21 points later, I'm a loser again.
It's tough out there. I am also now beginning to understand just how poorly I drafted. Carlos Delgado? Fausto Carmona? Good lawd. I think I can still contend — I'm only four games out. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.
The more I bicycle around Cincinnati the sooner I think I'm going to die. I haven't biked in too many places, but as it's been oft noted, this city's drivers don't just behave rudely to bicyclists, they pose an imminent safety threat to them.
I almost got got twice within five minutes on Clifton Avenue the other day. First, at Dixmyth a huge woman in a huge SUV was clapping her huge arms to some gospel atrocity and didn't slow down at all, even though the light was red and the "WALK" sign was illuminated. At MLK and Clifton, whilst trying to bike through the crosswalk, some asshole decided he needed to pull his car up through it so he could go quicker once the light changed.
I don't really get why people are so rude to bikers in this city, but I think it has to do with the majority of our community's steadfast belief that they are more important than anybody else and that their days and routines can and will not be disturbed by others.
I don't mean this in an insensitive way at all, but if Joey Votto's stress issues were bad before his stint on the DL, I hope he finds a way to deal with them now that his team is 3.5 games out of first, sort of in the gray area between pretender and contender.
Perhaps an aspect of his issue is that he feels/felt like the team depended on him too much. Now that the pitching is going through a bit of a lull and the offense isn't exactly torrid, it's "Pass Go and Collect More Stress." The Reds need Votto to produce at a clip like he was before he went out or this team won't stand too great a chance at winning the division, or failing that a Wild Card. I really hope Votto picks up where he left off.
This week, the Hoagy Time Circus Strategy involved going back to my shuffling of starting pitchers, looking for two-start possibilities on good teams. I came up with Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers and Brad Penny of Boston. Starting any pitcher against the Nationals is a good idea.
Lastly, I really hope the Knicks braintrust figures out a way to trade up and bring Ricky Rubio to New York. It's a longshot, but he's going to be great.