The Race

Lou Piniella pulled Rich Hill from the first inning of tonight's game at St. Louis before he had given up a hit, but after he had walked four Cardinal hitters and forced in the first run of the evening. Coupled with Jon Lieber's mostly successful relief work this year (three scoreless innings of relief tonight at this writing, lowering Lieber's ERA to 1.93), Kerry Wood's third blown save of the season on Thursday, and Piniella's blow-up at a question asked by Jesse Rogers of WSCR in the post-game press conference, I'm wondering which of the following will occur first:

  • Jon Lieber takes Rich Hill's turn in the starting rotation
  • Carlos Marmol is given a save opportunity ahead of Kerry Wood
  • Piniella goes truly berserk at a reporter
My guess is they will happen in the order I've listed them, but I think they'll all happen in the near future.


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