In last week's Week Ahead, I said:
Hi Carlos! How are you? Have you remembered that you are very good yet?
As of today the Cubs' next three opponents are a combined 28-47 (.373). With or without Wood, Prior, and Lee, these are games the Cubs need to win.
If you're scoring at home (or even if you're alone), that would be one yes and one no, which is a .500 percentage, which is something the Cubs are now three games away from. Bleah.
San Francisco Giants
Know Your Enemy: McCovey Chronicles
, El Lefty Malo
, Only Baseball Matters
Tuesday, 9:15: Rich Hill
vs. Jason Schmidt
Wednesday, 9:15: Carlos Zambrano
vs. Matt Cain
Thursday, 2:35: Sean Marshall vs. Jamey Wright
It looks like the Cubs will get a second chance to be party to a slugger passing Babe Ruth, as Barry Bonds
sits on 713 home runs with the Cubs on their way to the Phone Booth in The City by the Bay. Did you know that legendary San Francisco newspaper columnist Herb Caen used to refer to San Francisco as "Baghdad by the Bay"? I'm sure it was a compliment when he said it, but I doubt any city wants to be compared to Baghdad right now.
This oughtta be a barn-burner of a series. Rank in the NL in key offensive categories:
Runs: Giants 11th, Cubs 16th
Home Runs: Giants 11th, Cubs 15th
Average: Giants 9th, Cubs 14th
OBP: Giants 11th, Cubs 15th
Slugging: Giants 13th, Cubs 15th
Of course, the Padres rank below the Giants in all those categories and they just waxed the Cubs for four straight. On the bright side, the Cubs scored 6 runs over the last two games, as many as they had scored in the previous eight. Bleah.
San Diego Padres
Know Your Enemy: Ducksnorts
, Gaslamp Ball
Friday, 1:20: Woody Williams
vs. Angel Guzman
Saturday, 1:20: Greg Maddux
vs. Chris Young
Sunday, 1:20: Rich Hill vs. Clay Hensley
Padres.com has a TBA scheduled for Friday, with Williams pushed back to Saturday -- not sure why. Also, Dusty has not officially named
Angel Guzman as the starter for that game. It doesn't seem like there's any chance that the Cubs will activate Kerry Wood
, though, so the only other option seems to be bringing Glendon Rusch
back to the rotation. Of course, Dusty says
that will "probably not" happen, but what are the other alternatives? Bringing back Jerome Williams? Bleah.
If the Cubs really don't want Guzman in the rotation for another start, how about calling up Les Walrond for one start? He's a minor-league journeyman (29 years old, 8 major league innings) who is off to a 4-1, 2.12 start at Iowa. He's not a long-term solution, but it might be nice to reward him for what he's done over the ifrst month. He's not on the 40-man, so they would need to make room for him, but do they really need to keep Mike Restovich on the 40-man roster? Bleah.
As mentioned in the comments, Restovich was outrighted to Iowa because he is out of options. So, he's off the 40-man and there is a spot open.