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.


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.

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.


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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.