The sting of seeing the Cubs blow a chance to sweep the Giants this afternoon was lessened tonight, when the Marlins thumped the Cardinals, leaving St. Louis three games in back of the Cubs, and Milwaukee, idle tonight, a half-game out.

The Cubs Player Transaction Of The Day, as you probably know by now, was the team's acquisition of Craig Monroe from the Tigers in exchange for a player to be named later. I pulled a few of Monroe's career and '07 numbers along with assorted comments about his play and posted them at The Cub Reporter.

Having looked at Monroe's stats for the last half hour, I can't say I'm much moved by the trade. At the same time, if Monroe's coming aboard means less playing time for Matt Murton, who is slumping and rapped into a rally-killing double play today, and to some extent Jacque Jones, who, resurgence or not, just plain stinks, we could be looking at a net gain.

The Cubs move on now to Arizona, where Milwaukee just took two of three and where, owing once again to my terminally bad attitude, I have a feeling the Cubs are going to struggle to do as well.


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