Brewers or Cardinals don't have this problem....playing 63% of their home games under the Sun. What has become recognized is that for the Cubs is that they need to rest their players more because of the Sun fatique, and time change fatique.
Ramirez mentioned it in today's article where he says:
"Everybody needs a day off," third baseman Aramis Ramirez said. "We play a lot of day games … and it's hot."
So when I keep expressing the fact that the core of the team including Lee and Ramirez need a day off and that DeRosa is the team's most valuable/versatile player where when Soriano was hurt it caused the Cubs to park they DeRosa starting utility role. On the positive it allowed Fonte to get more playing time and emerge as an almost offensive starter with an OPS near .900.
My hope is that Piniella finds a way to rest both Lee and Ramirez among others through this August heat where they play 11/21 games under the brightest light. Worse stretch is this homestand where the Cubs play 6 of the next 8 under the Sun and 7 of 9 all told. Sat against the Cards they do have a 2:55 start time, but that is still a hot one. Late in August when they return they luckily have back-to-back night games but then have 4 straight under the Sun. At the turn of August it gets better with only 3/7 and then the final homestand when things get milder only 3/6.
Fatigue is the Cubs biggest worry.