They needed that one! The Cubs romped the Pirates today by a score of 17-2. No that is not a type-o, the Cubs won by 15 runs. They scored 10 times in the second inning, their most prosperous inning since June of 2004. However, it only counts for one win. The Cubs need to use this big win as a start, and build on it by knocking off 4 or 5 in a row.
The Rest of the Way
And, the Cubs have not proved that they can beat the good teams. Could the Cubs squeak into October without beating good teams?? Let's check out the Cubs Schedule for the rest of the 2009 regular season:
- VS Pirates: Aug. 15-16
- @SD: Aug. 17-19
- *@LAD: Aug. 20-23
- VS Wash: Aug. 25-27
- VS NYM: Aug. 28-30
- VS Hou: Aug. 31- Sept. 1
- *Make Up VS White Sox: Sept 3
- @NYM: Sept. 4-6
- @PIT: Sept. 7-9
- VS CIN: Sept. 11-13
- VS MIL: Sept 14-17
- *@STL: Sept. 18-20
- @ MIL: Sept. 21-23
- *@SF: Sept. 24-27
- VS Pit Sept. 29- Oct. 1
- VS Ari: Oct. 2-4
*= over .500 team
So if the Cubs win 2 out of 3 (or 3 out 4) against every team under .500, which they've done for most of the year, and if they lose 2 of 3 (or 3 of 4) against every over .500 team, which they've done for most of this season, they would end up going 27-12 in these final 49 games. So we play the bad teams, let's beat them! If the Cubs can manage that very in reach 27-12 mark the rest of the year, and the Cardinals went 22-17 worse, then the Cubs would win the division! There's hope Cubs fan!
The Cubs have had there fair share of injuries, but every team has injuries. Zambrano and Lilly are set to return for their next starts, and that would leave only Reed Johnson of the major guys left on the DL.
A new Manager?
Some Cubs fans have had enough of Sweet Lou at the helm, could he end up being fired if the Cubs don't make the postseason? Names that have been thrown out include Bob Brenly and Ryne Sandberg.
Cubs Sign Korean Hitter
The Cubs have signed Kyung-min Na, an amateur outfielder, for 725K. He is one of the fastest player in high school baseball.
Cubs Could Add Bat or Arm
Gordon Wittenmyer has reported that the Cubs are going to stay put, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com says the Cubs could look for another bat or starter if Lilly, Ramirez, and Zambrano are not healthy.
Hart Will not Start Against Former Clubs
Former Cub Kevin Hart will not pitch in this series, but Tom Gorzelanny will make his home debut against his former clubs tomorrow.
Let's hope the Cubs get a win streak together, it's a Noon CT game tomorrow!