Game 155 Thread / Cubs @ Mets (1 of 4)
|SP||*Jon Niese||SP||Jason Marquis|
|1-0, 4.09, 9 K, 6 BB, 11 IP||10-9, 4.39, 87 K, 65 BB, 160 IP|
|SS||#Jose Ryes||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|LF||*Dan Murphy||2B||Ronny Cedeno|
|3B||David Wright||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||*Carlos Delgado||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|CF||#Carlos Beltran||C||Geovany Soto|
|RF||*Ryan Church||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|2B||#Luis Castillo||CF||Reed Johnson|
|C||*Brian Schneider||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|P||*Jon Niese||P||*Jason Marquis|
Remember when we were all mortified by the schedule and the impending final road trip to New York and Milwaukee? Good times. Now it's nothing more than a really expensive scouting trip and a chance to play spoiler. Looking at the Mets lefty heavy lineup makes it look like Ted Lilly could be a key contributor in a possible playoff series and that Sean Marshall would make the playoff roster if we play them down the road.
Speaking of spoiler, the best case scenario for the Cubs is that the races stay close until Sunday or possibly extend into tie-breakers so the teams are forced to use their aces late in the season and can't arrange their rotations the way they like. For example, Johan Santana is scheduled to start tomorrow and then again Sunday. Let's say the Cubs take three of four from the Mets and the Brewers can scrap together two of three from the Pirates. They'll be tied heading into the weekend and the earliest either could clinch is Saturday then and more likely Sunday, if not later.
Sit back and enjoy some tension-free baseball,
although the Cubs do need a win or a Phillies loss to secure homefield advantage.