Looking Ahead at Cubs and Cardinals Schedules

I had been kind of curious when the Cubs would ever make up those 5 games on the Cardinals, considering the Cubs are still up in the loss column, yet a half game behind. And I figured if I'm curious, someone else out there is as well. So mark the dates on your calendar, if the Cubs can win all 5, they'll pick up 2.5 games on the Cardinals.

August 3rd - Cubs @ Cincinnati

August 13th - Cubs vs. Philadelphia

August 31st - Cubs vs. Houston

September 17th - Cubs vs. Milwaukee

September 24th - Cubs @ San Francisco

If there aren't any rescheduled games, the Cardinals sure catch some breaks with the Septemeber schedule. Starting on August 31st, they'll have 5 off-days to manipulate their rotation and give Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright(and I guess Joel Pineiro) as many starts as possible. 

A few other mentionable moments down the stretch, the two teams both go on a West Coast trip the week of August 17th. The Cubs get three at San Diego and then four at Los Angeles. The Cardinals do the reverse with three at L.A. and then four at San Diego. 

Then there's the big 14-game stretch for the Cubs starting September 14th, where they play the Brewers for four at home, then go on the road for three at St. Louis, three at Milwaukee and four at San Francisco. During that time, the Cards get three at home versus Florida, the Cubs series and then on the road for three at Houston and Colorado.

As for the present, Burke Badenhop(5-4, 3.46 ERA) gets the nod for the Florida Marlins tonight versus Carlos Zambrano.

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K. Fukudome cf
A. Blanco ss
D. Lee 1b
A. Ramirez 3b
M. Bradley rf
A. Soriano lf
M. Fontenot 2b
K. Hill c
C. Zambrano p

going for the dusty-style "contact hitter in the 2 slot" lineup construction today.

Does anyone know who the nearest prospect is for the Cubs either at short or 2nd? I assume Theriot can play either so getting a SS or 2B would solve the 2B problem.

Darwin Barney.

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Loser: Jim Hendry. The Chicago Cubs GM’s biggest move of the winter, signing outfielder Milton Bradley(notes), so far has been a bust, and there have been many nights spent wishing he’d never let DeRosa go. Now, with the sale of the Cubs on hold for two years, Hendry came into the trading deadline with his hands tied financially. Cubs picked up lefty John Grabow(notes) for the bullpen and some depth in lefty Tom Gorzelanny(notes), who instantly gets thrust into the rotation Tuesday after pitching well in Triple-A.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=Apf4nL4zr6aI...

In article probably would be a bit more compelling if he explained just why Hendry, the GM of the league's hottest team who just addressed a major need was a 'loser'.

Of bigger concern to me, the Cards play 3 games against teams with a winning record (Dodgers) in the entire month of August.

On paper, the Cubs have an easier September schedule...but the Cards can open some daylight if they play well this month.

I made a very simplistic post on this a few threads back. I think the conclusion was that the cards had (at that time) 67 games left, 36 against 500 or better teams. The Cubs had 72 games left, 33 against better than 500 teams. My conclusion was that the cards had a tougher schedule to finish out based on the above figures, but I didn't attempt to define the context (home/away, off days, relative place in standings or sequence of opponents)

Of the extra five games listed -- Cubs will be quite fortunate to go 3-2, which would pick up the half game on the Cards.

Debbie Downer...

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  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 7 hours 30 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 7 hours 53 min ago view
  • Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.

    The E-Man 8 hours 2 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 8 hours 29 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 8 hours 45 min ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 9 hours 16 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 9 hours 31 min ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 13 hours 47 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 14 hours 28 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 14 hours 32 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 18 hours 15 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 18 hours 49 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 19 hours 3 min ago view