The quote of the day is from Major League (the movie):
"We won yesterday. If we win today, that's two-in-a-row. If we win tomorrow, that's called a winning streak; it has happened before"
I think the Cubs need to put a few wins together and get back to .500. If that's where they are by a week from today when Wood comes back, and they can gain ground on .500 with Wood before Prior and Lee return, they're in decent shape.
I was hoping the Cubs would slowly bleed away the progress they made early in the season during the time Wood, Prior, Miller, and Lee were all out. Unfortunately, the trickling of blood turned into a full-scale gushing worthy of Kill Bill Volume 1. That means they now have to make ground back before the hobbled horsemen return.
Sean Marshall closes the series out tomorrow, then we get our chance for revenge on the Padres when they come to Wrigley. The starting pitchers we face in our next 6 games are all right-handers: Jamey Wright, Woody Williams, Chris R. Young, Clay Hensley, Livan Hernandez, and Zach Day. The only names on that list that frighten me are Young and Hernandez, and we'll be able to throw Maddux against Young and Z (who has looked good his last 2 starts) against Hernandez. Then, my favorite baseball player in the world will return.
A record of 4-1 in the next 6 games or 5-2 in the next 7 games would certainly be a lofty goal for this club, but is not an impossible result given the pitchers and hitters we'll be facing in the next 7 days. 5-2 would bring the team's 15-18 record up to 20-20, at .500, where the team can smell the lead. The best way to do this would be to turn yesterday's win into a "winning streak."