Deep thoughts: Sept. 18

? Does anyone want to win the NL Cy Young Award? A day after Dontrelle Willis blew an opportunity at win No. 22, Chris Carpenter pitched like Ken Carpenter. The Cards ace turned in his shortest outing since April 10 as he lasted only four innings and allowed four runs in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Carpenter did not figure in the decision, but the Cardinals lost a game started by their ace for the first time since June 8.

A St. Louis rally in the fifth inning got Carpenter off the hook and allowed his 13-game winning streak to stay intact. St. Louis had won Carpenter’s previous 17 starts.

? Barry Bonds now needs 10 homers to tie the Bambino for second on the all-time list. Bonds smashed homer No. 705 into McCovey Cove on Sunday for his first splash shot of the season, and the 32nd of his career. I think Bonds has an outstanding chance of at leasting tying the Babe this year. The Giants head to the RFK Launching Pad in D.C. to face the Nationals…

? Who are done in my opinion. The Nats lost back-to-back heartbreakers this weekend against the Padres. Saturday, they lost on Ramon Hernandez’s walk-off homer. This, of course, came after my man Khalil Greene hit a two-out, game-tying slam off closer Chad Cordero in the ninth. Sunday, Joey Eischen threw away Dave Roberts’ bunt in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Miguel Olivo to score from second base as the Padres beat the Nats, 2-1.

? The Yanks blew a golden opportunity Sunday. They could have gained ground on the Sox, but didn’t after losing in Toronto, 6-5. Jaret Wright took the loss, allowing four runs in 2 1/3 innings before being removed from the game with an elbow injury after being hit by a broken bat. Wright’s snakebitten this month. He was drilled in the neck by a line drive in Seattle on Sept. 1.

? Cleveland’s win over Kansas City also dropped the Yanks 1 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race.

? The Indians are amazing. They have won five straight, and now head to Chicago for a frickin’ huge three-game set against the White Sox. On Aug. 1, the White Sox held a 15-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central. Since then, the Tribe has gone an MLB-best 32-11 to shave the Sox lead to 3 1/2. Cleveland is 13-3 this month.

? I have a tough night ahead Monday, watching the Yankees and New York Football Giants at the same time — along with doing my job.

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