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Cole Hamels

Baseball got the real season started yesterday and what did we learn? After getting dominated by Cole Hamels, 3-1 (Hamels had nine strikeouts) it looks like the Brewers might need CC Sabathia to pitch the remaining games. Everyone of them.

Game 2 between Philly and Milwaukee is today at 6:00/5:00 Central. The pitchers are Sabathia and Brett Myers.

In Chicago, is this the start of something bad? After completely messing the bed with his control issues, Ryan Dempster gave up a grand slam to complete his inept outing; although, some are putting the blame on Sweet Lou.

Jim Edmonds

Second, this one’s on Lou. Seriously — if you have two pitchers (Sean Marshall and Jason Marquis) who are starters or pitchers used to going extended periods, on the roster for the specific purpose of using them in long relief, why wouldn’t you use them that way on a night when it was clear that your starter had absolutely no command? This is something Lou did all year during the time when he had Jon Lieber in the bullpen — refusing to use Lieber in the very long-relief situations that he was specifically on the roster to fill.

The Cubs need a win — today — or else the talk about curses and Bartman balls and goats will undoubtedly rear its ugly head because the rumblings about 100 years have already started. One more word of advice: Quit pitching to Manny.

Game 2 between the Cubs and the Dodgers is tonight at 9:30/8:30 Central. The pitchers are Chad Billingsley and Carlos Zambrano.

In the nightcap, the Boston Red Sox Jason Bay’ed the Angels of Anaheim (and LA), 4-1, thanks to a masterful pitching performance from Jon Lester, who provided seven strong innings of six-hit ball, complete with seven strikeouts.

Jason Bay

For the Angels, the time to win is now. Last night’s loss made it 10-in-a-row against the Red Sox (in post season play) and if they have an thoughts of moving on, they have to do something — anything — about their Boston ownership.

It took the Angels six months to earn home-field advantage, three hours to lose it. It took the Angels six months to win 100 games, three hours to turn their next game into a must-win.

It took the Angels six months to build themselves into World Series favorites, with Mark Teixeira and an offense fortified for October, three hours to resurrect all those nagging questions, to remind us good pitching alone cannot beat good hitting.

Game 2 is Friday night and the pitchers will be Dice-K for Boston and Ervin Santana for the Angels.