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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  • Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.

    Tito 55 min 48 sec ago view
  • Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?

    billybucks 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • "Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"

    No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.

    Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.

    The E-Man 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.

    It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.

    Tito 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.

    SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round exists...fun times.

    crunch 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?

    BobbyD 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • Best record in baseball and largest division lead.

    I'm jumping right now!

    Tito 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?

    Brick 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • ,571 winning percentage in May.

    I think they're gonna be OK.

    Tito 4 hours 48 min ago view
  • RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.   

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 7 min ago view
  • Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?

    BobbyD 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 16 min ago view
  • If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.

    CTSteve 9 hours 23 min ago view
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?

    Raisin101 15 hours 54 min ago view
  • bruh...

    crunch 17 hours 8 min ago view
  • O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side). 

    Arizona Phil 17 hours 27 min ago view