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the same team earlier in the year,
when everyone knew it did not have
good pitching, and stood little chance
of finishing higff up in the National
League race. The West Side boss
says he has a line on three good
pitchers who will soon join the Cubs.
This is old stuff, and it is about time
the pitchers were secured.
If Murphy said everything that was
credited to him in the Eastern inter
view, he "has given Manager Evers a
swell little job. Naturally, the play
ers are not going to be pleased, and
they will not be apt to put forth their
best efforts. And Evers has to deal
with this condition right on the ball
field, and not from a distance of a
Give the Cubs the Philadelphia
pitching staff and they would win
the pennant The team as a whole
is not a bad one. It will be, in a
couple of years, unless youngsters
are developed, as some of the men
are nearing the end of their playing
days.. But right now they are able to
hold their own.
Archer and Bresnahan form the
beat receiving department in the old
league. Saier is a good first baseman,
and one of the few youngsters in the
line-up. Al Bridwell is playing a rat
tling good game at short, and is- not
due for any panning. He has been
batting better than anyone expected,
and has not slowed up noticeably in
'his fielding. Zimmerman is a slug
ger, and that lets him out. He never
was and never will be a great fielding
third baseman. He is not a docile ball
player, and a hard man for a man-
ager to handle, even without the
'president butting in. Mike Mitchell,
Clymer, Schulte, Miller, Leach and
Good are six good outfielders, though
none of tliem is a star. As we have
frequently pointed out, they are weak
on ground balls. The main trouble
with the outfield is that the men are
all veterans, and will begin to slip
back in a year or two.
It is up to Murpjiy to stop knocking
the players already on bis list and
loosen up with the coin to get soma
better ones to take their places if he
is not satisfied. If he is going to
tear down he must reconstruct.
After today's game with the Phil
lies the Cubs move on to Boston, and
the loss of two games there will
shove them down to sixth place.
With the pitchers going as they are
now, the prospects for returning
home in the first division are gloomy.
Connie Mack is still winning with
two pitchers. He had to send Bender
to the rescue of Wycoff in order td
get an even break with the Naps.
Steen pitched fair ball for Cleveland,
but two hits by Jack Barry caused his
undoing. Mack has about the only
team in either league which can win
without pitchers. It is a strong bat
ting and fielding aggregation, and is
also well provided with substitutes.
Oldring was chased from the game,
but Daley took his place in left field
and whaled three singles. Outfielder
Strunk had been sent home because
of a bum ankle.
Walter Johnson wabbled against
Detroit yesterday, but good fielding
and his own work in the pinches beat
Detroit Cobb stole home with the
Tigers' only run. Washington got
but six hits off Zamloch, a recruit,
but they were cdmbined with Tiger
Last fall Hugh Bedient of the Bos
ton Red Sox was acclaimed a great
guv because of his work against the
New York Giants in the world's ser
ies. Yesterday St Louis chased him
in four innings, and also handed a
walloping to Hall. Mitchell was a
puzzle to all the Red Sox but Hooper,
who got a double and two singles.,.
Brief, the Brown first baseman, blast-v
ed a homer and double. Janvrin of
Boston also soaked a four-baser.
Yesterday was a bad dayfor field-?
ere in the American League. Twenty
errors were made in the four games.'
New YoVk was the only team to play
Umpire Hayes made a decision that
did not please the crowd in 1e ganie,
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