One half of the dry-hitting duo of catcher Geovany Soto and center fielder Marlon Byrd was traded to the Boston Red Sox for righty reliever Michael Bowden, cash and allegedly, bubble gum. It was Byrd who was moved, he of some of the ugliest swings known to mankind. Some think the trade means young center field prospect Brett Jackson will be called up sooner. One question: Why the hell would Cubs brass bring him up any sooner than originally planned to possibly fail on a crap team?
Still, the Cubs manage to chug along, grinding or something like that. They managed to do just enough to get to Phils’ ace Roy Halladay last night in Philadelphia, which would be more encouraging if I knew this won’t happen often against other elite pitchers, and not just Doc.
Randy Wells (0-0, 3.60) goes tonight against the Phils’ Joe Blanton (1-3, 4.34). Go Cubs?