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.
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).
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.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.
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...
Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.
Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.
I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...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.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
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.
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.