Many of us followed the Brewers' 7-4 loss to the Pirates this afternoon, and I can imagine many of the Cubs did as well, preparing for tonight's game. Thus, they know that by winning tonight, they can move back into a first place tie.
Let's hope that knowledge galvanizes the entire roster into playoff-caliber play this evening at Houston.
With last night's extra-inning loss, the Cubs fell to 2-8 in extra-inning games. There is only one other team this year with as few as two extra-inning wins... the Boston Red Sox. And even so, the Cubs still have the best record in the NL since the low point on June 2, 51-30.
The I-don't-know-what-to-say story of the day: if you're a major league ballplayer, better not be thinking about getting pregnant. Huh? you're saying. Well, MLB is considering banning fertility drugs. I kid you not. The mind boggles.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
The Cubs may have caught a break by not having to face LHP Troy Patton tonight; instead, RHP Matt Albers will go. He got pounded by the Brewers a week ago. In 3.1 career relief innings vs. the Cubs, Albers has allowed five hits and three runs.
Today's game is on WGN; if you don't have WGN or EI, try today's Mediacenter link.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
MLB.com Gameday for the Cardinals/Reds game (6:10 CT start)
Discuss amongst yourselves.