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.
Everytime I recall Szcur's bne marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.