I’m going in.
Cardinals/Cubs series this weekend Thursday-Sunday at Wrigley. The Cubs will have home-field on their side…I won’t be so lucky come this evening.
If you get a chance tonight, listen in to the United Cardinals Bloggers Radio Hour (link here) and hear me guest as we chat about all things baseball, including this weekend’s Cubs/Cards series. Not so sure that there will be any other Cub fans included as guests so Cubs fans should feel free to call in and back me up! (Actually, the guys mentioned that they’d keep it civil…but you never know when it comes to this rivalry! I’m definitely looking forward to it so if you get a chance, dial it up on-line. Also on tonight as a guest is fellow MLBLogger Redbird Chatter. Should be a great time and an even better series this weekend!
Had a chance to watch today’s game on-line and man…does it hurt to get beat by Marquis! Losing at Wrigley is always a horrible feeling…but having a cast-off and lay down the beating? Not cool. And Marquis and his stuff? Please. That was pathetic.
Opening Day on the other hand was awesome. Cubs have opened the first week of the season up strong going 5-3, currently in second place behind the Cardinals. Lilly was amazing through seven delivering the goods no one is to speak of until it’s over (you know what I’m saying) and it’s great to see him come out strong. Not concerned at all about Zambrano, can’t wait to see him this weekend. I feel bad for teams who don’t have that ace that makes you believe every five starts you are going to win. Great fun in having that with Zambrano…wish I could make the Apr 21 game against the Reds to get the Zambrano no-hitter statue. That thing is pretty cool and a great symbol of an amazing pitching performance. Love Dempster and expect great things from him this year. Harden got roughed up today but again, it’s early, not concerned.
Soriano is having one of his best Aprils so far ever, especially in the past few seasons and Fukudome seems to be in his April zone like last year. With Bradley injured with a bum groin (surprise) it’s going to be important he performs like he’s capable of. I love the balance in the lineup Bradley brings, but this injury is a great opportunity to see Reed play a whole lot more. Nothing wrong with that.
Hopefully Soto comes around. Sore shoulders and catchers? Not a good mix. If Soto is healthy I don’t foresee a sophomore slump so hopefully his body holds it together. Same with Ramirez and Gregg actually. Injuries could be a huge problem for this team this year, something that could ruin plans we’d all love to make come October. Ramirez’s bat and glove don’t have the back up Gregg does. Marmol can step up and close I feel without a real problem…backing up Ramirez? That’s much tougher. Miles at 2B and Fontenot at 3B isn’t exactly the ideal.
Lee on the other hand. Aside from today’s solo shot, it’s been a slow start and really the only weak link in the healthy part of the Cubs lineup right now. I’m kind of hard on Lee because I expect a lot from him. He needs to step it up and be his a Cardinal killer this weekend. Any time we get the Cards at Wrigley, we have to take advantage of it. Playing in St. Louis is never easy…need to get these four games this weekend while we’re inside the Friendly Confines.
We’ll see how friendly the podcast/radio hour confines are this evening. Can’t wait to talk Cubs baseball with hard-core baseball fans. Again, call in if you get a chance and say hey. Come back soon for a new post recapping the experience!
Go Cubs Go!
By beating the Mets in the house the Amazin’s built, the Cubs clinched home field advantage throughout the NLCS. Now whether they make it that far remains to be seen. However, with the home field advantage Wrigley has been so far this year for the Cubs…that is definitely more great news this club can enjoy, in addition to repeating as NL Central champs, clinching the division on Saturday against the Cardinals.