This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Mound Musings is all about interaction. I appreciate the questions, and discussing whether this guy or that guy is the best pitcher to have on a roster is what it's all about. That said, over the past couple of years, Life, the Universe and Everything, has gradually become a semi-regular part of Mound Musings. As we try to answer the ultimate question, I'll occasionally dedicate this space to elaborating on questions from you, the readers. We just experienced what I consider a red letter day in baseball. For this edition, I'll begin with that, and follow it up with some general observations about pitching, scouting and the state of the game. So, without further ado, let's go:
June 11, 2021: It's a sunny, breezy, Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field on the North Side of Chicago. The longtime rival St. Louis Cardinals are in town to begin a weekend series. Only one thing could create a better atmosphere – a capacity crowd. And, they had that, too! For the first time in almost two years, there were no crowd restrictions.
Now, let me say, I am no Cubs fan. In fact I am a true, anti-blue Cubs hater. I grew up in a town almost exactly half way between Chicago and St. Louis. The fan population was nearly evenly split, and friends and families are known to come to blows when "calmly" discussing the better team. On this day, the unimaginable happened. The Cardinals built a 5/1 lead, but the Cubs