I was going to do a separate headline post this morning and then put the game thread up this afternoon, but doesn't it seem like forever since the Cubs played a game?
That being the case, here's the game thread, which will have to last you all day and evening, and a few samples of this morning's headlines:
The Cubs have lost their swagger, Mike Downey says. His solution:
Meanwhile, Bruce Miles writes about Lou Piniella's learning curve and why it took two months for a talented team to get going:
The clubhouse over the first two months of the season was a place filled with uncertainty, as players wondered whether they’d be playing or worrying they’d be on the boss’ bad side.
"Keeps you motivated," he said.
Remember when Wood was on the disabled list? And Cesar Izturis was the shortstop? And Carlos Marmol was in Iowa? And Ryan Theriot was a backup? And Jacque Jones was on the trading block? Despite their recent slide, the Cubs are far better today than they were in April and May. They have played fabulously well in stretches. And if they were to get hot at the right time -- say, in October? -- talk about good fortune.
|Today's Starting Pitchers
Lifetime, Harang is 6-2, but with a 4.42 ERA, in 12 starts vs. the Cubs; Z is 9-7, 3.20 in 24 games (20 starts) vs. the Reds. Adam Dunn has hit Z hard (6 HR in 45 AB); Derrek Lee, who we'd like to see get going already, is 11-for-29 (.379/.438/.759, two doubles, 3 HR) against Harang. Matt Murton has also hit 2 HR off Harang in 13 career AB.
Finally, if you haven't yet voted in the new front-page poll, the "Where are you?" poll, please do. I'd like to know where BCB readers live!
Tonight's game is cable-only, also on Extra Innings; here is today's Mediacenter link.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
And even though they profess to not liking Cubs fans very much, check out our SB Nation colleagues at Red Reporter.
Discuss amongst yourselves.