So we may have found a way to improve our record in one-run ballgames! Easy! Just wait to win until the 13th inning!
Lilly was great yesterday and it’s a good thing the Mariners were even worse at cleaning up the basepaths than the Cubs were. Tons of men left on base resulted in a marathon of a game for the Cubs in Seattle and Piniella enjoyed getting the best of his former ballclub. Of course one-run ballgames happen often in baseball so we’re going to find a new way to come out victorious. It’s not even July and we’ve already played in 27 one run ballgames out of the nearly 80 games played. Do that say 30 more times this season in the second half and the time leading up to the break and then add 4 innings to each of those games and you’re looking at playing 120 extra innings! While those wins would certainly come in handy, adding about 11 games to your schedule with this group of old fragile Cubs is not exactly a recipe for success. Clearly that won’t happen, but you get my point. Grateful for the win, nervous about us finding a way to keep it up in one run ballgames.
Today Zambrano, Mr. Opening Day starter to the bullpen, back to the rotation, takes the mound against the White Sox. Now, I dislike the White Sox just like you. What do I dislike even more? The Crosstown Cup. That’s right. I dislike the Crosstown Çup even more than I dislike the White Sox. This Cup is ridiculous. The Blackhawks won the only Cup that should be in Chicago right now. And at least they had a plan for how to get the damn thing if they ended up in a tie…because they’d play until there wasn’t one!
What happens if the Cubs take two out of three this weekend? The series will be tied at 3. The first year of the city’s beloved Crosstown Cup…and no plan for a series tie? Does it simply end with no one winning the cup? Do they go to runs scored? Whose team had the bigger idiots in the stands? Number of gatorade coolers smashed? Best insults thrown from fans of the opposite team?
Zambrano v. Peavy tonight to kick it off. Cubs look to either sweep or win two out of three to tie the crosstown series up. They better sweep with regards to the Cup, because of they don’t and only manage two out of three…..then what?
Go Cubs Go!