Since I've been the kiss of death on things like Alfonso Soriano's hitting streak, let me see if I can do it to this one, too: the Cubs have now lost five straight games in San Diego for the first time since July 14, 1989-April 25, 1990. They have not lost six in a row there since May 8, 1983-April 7, 1984.
I'd think you'll agree that sort of thing needs the kiss of death tonight, right?
The Padres have three forty-plus pitchers (David Wells, Greg Maddux and Doug Brocail), plus another (Trevor Hoffman) who is 39. And they've got the best pitching staff in the National League. Maybe they're on to something. Think Terry Mulholland is available? (I'M JOKING HERE. Well, mostly joking, anyway.)
Meanwhile, the Cubs' 181 runs allowed is third-fewest in the NL (behind the Padres and Mets) and their Pythagorean numbers still show they are underperforming, now by four games; they should be 24-19, having scored 207 runs, which ranks seventh in the NL. This disparity can be almost entirely attributed to the bullpen meltdowns, of which I don't think any of us need to be reminded.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Wells was originally drafted in 1982 by the Blue Jays. He was pitching in their system for Medicine Hat (what a great place name!) when Sean Marshall was born on August 30, 1982.
Today's TV includes WGN, Ch4 San Diego and the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
Discuss amongst yourselves.