So this is a little strange. From Carrie Muskat's column about Michael Barrett's pinch-hitting heroics over the weekend:
John Mabry hit the Cubs' other pinch-hit homer in the second game of the season, and he was Barrett's inspiration on Saturday. What did Mabry do?
"He was down here [in the clubhouse] in the third inning, getting ready for the game," Barrett said. "He starts his routine a lot earlier than most guys I've ever seen. I walked in here to get warm for a split second in the third, and I saw him getting ready, so I thought maybe I need to get ready, too. That way, when I went in to hit, I didn't feel rushed."
But what is it that Mabry does?
"I don't want to go into details," Barrett said, "but he was getting ready."
"I can't tell you either," Baker said.
Apparently Mabry's routine is more involved than just riding the stationary bike during the early innings.
Anyway, this week, the Reds come in for three at Wrigley.
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Tuesday: Rusch vs. Bronson Arroyo
Wednesday: Maddux vs. Brandon Claussen
Thursday: Zambrano vs. Eric Milton
With the Cubs facing two lefties in the Cincy series (Claussen & Milton), look for Jerry Hairston to get a start or two at second. I'd expect to see Neifi at short in Wednesday's game, too. And is it too much to ask for maybe Jacque Jones to take a day off too?
Then the Cubs start a nine-game road trip against the Pirates.
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Friday night: Marshall vs. Victor Santos
Saturday night: 5th starter vs. Zach Duke
Sunday: Rusch vs. Ian Snell
As of right now, Saturday's starter is Jerome Williams, but that could change.
Off-day conversation topic: ¿Quien es mas macho, Derrek Lee o Michael Barrett?