For all of you who are concerned about this playoff race after yesterday's flat performance (and I didn't much like yesterday's game, either), remember this:
The Cubs are in first place on September 1 for the first time since 1989. Yes, they need to start winning more consistently. Winning the next two games and the series would be a good start on that.
Roster reinforcements should begin to arrive today, including Ronny Cedeno (who will probably start today's game, giving Ryan Theriot a breather), Geovany Soto, and Will Ohman.
Incidentally, here's one very good reason for the Steve Trachsel acquisition:
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Troy Patton. Let's see. Young? Check. (Turns 22 on Monday.) Lefthanded? Yup. Hardly made any major league appearances? Mmm-hmm (it's his second). Never faced the Cubs before? Correct. Those four are usually a lethal combination for Cubs hitters. We're doomed.
Today's game is on CSN; because of the Fox Saturday blackout rules, I do not believe there is any EI coverage. Instead, try the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
Both the Brewers and Cardinals are playing tonight; I'll put Gameday links for their games in this afternoon's recap.
Discuss amongst yourselves.