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I saw ‘The Master’ yesterday (which is partly to blame for the tardiness of the below EBS), and I left it not knowing whether I liked it, whether I understood it, or whether it was any good. I love Paul Thomas Anderson, so my instinct is to assume that it was great, and I just didn’t “get” it yet. Not sure that’s what he was going for, though.

  • Carlos Marmol’s blown save yesterday was his first since April. At least it wasn’t of the three-run variety. Marmol had saved 19 straight coming into yesterday.
  • The man who did it – Carlos Beltran – had this to say about playing the Cubs: “They have nothing to lose. They’re just going to come here and play the game. Sometimes teams just get hot or cold. They’re putting together good at-bats. They’re pitching well. It’s not like we’re facing a Triple-A team. They’re in the big leagues. We just can’t take them for granted.” Thanks?
  • Anthony Rizzo comes in for some defensive love, particularly in relation to helping Darwin Barney continue his errorless streak.
  • On Matt Garza, who is recovering from a stress reaction in his elbow, Dale Sveum will say only that Garza will be ready for Spring Training.
  • Dale Sveum doesn’t necessarily buy into his bosses’ opinion that evaluating players in September (when you’re out of it) is fraught with peril.
  • And your massively tardy EBS from yesterday’s game … Carlos Marmol’s blown save was his first in months, and there may have been another first-in-a-long-time …

  • Stevie B

    Any time I see the word peril, I think of the move, The Holy Grail, and it makes me smile.
    That’s all

    • Ogyu

      Sir Lancelot: [Sir Galahad the Chaste is being seduced by an entire castle full of young women] We were in the nick of time. You were in great peril.
      Sir Galahad: I don’t think I was.
      Sir Lancelot: Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril.
      Sir Galahad: Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.
      Sir Lancelot: No, it’s too perilous.
      Sir Galahad: Look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.
      Sir Lancelot: No, we’ve got to find the Holy Grail. Come on.
      Sir Galahad: Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?
      Sir Lancelot: No. It’s unhealthy.
      Sir Galahad: I bet you’re gay.
      Sir Lancelot: Am not.

  • Melrosepad

    I think Bowden has earned a really good look at next year’s bullpen. Heck, he was a starter through the first half of 2010, so maybe could also get a look at the rotation. Beyond an odd May (9.94 ERA with .435 BAbip) he has been really good.

  • CubFan Paul

    “When you’re playing the contending teams that haven’t dismantled or called up a lot of September callups, there’s a lot of evaluating going on,” Sveum said

    So why isn’t he playing BJax, Vitters, & Cardenas everyday and as of late only starting Sappelt against righties?

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