Belated Series Preview: Cubs vs. Reds
Apologies for the intense lateness of this. Blame me for not EMailing Mike to fill in until around 7AM yesterday morning, and for not appropriately asking him to get in touch with AJ or Peter if he couldn't do the jorb.
Ignoring yesterday's extra inning loss, let's just quickly jump into what the Cubs are facing.
Friday, July 2nd - Bronson Arroyo vs. Ryan Dempster
Bronson Arroyo, who spends his spare time working on the set of Cheech and Chong movies, is a decent and reliable middling starter. He's again on pace for about 15 wins, which is pretty standard for him, and a mid 4's ERA, which is about his average.
He's facing Ryan Dempster today, a pitcher who's a lot better than his 6 wins. Unfortunately, Clownsevelt pitches for the Cubs... so he'll be lucky to finish the year with more than 10.
Saturday, July 3rd - Randy Wells vs. Johnny Cueto
Cueto is 24 years old. He's on pace to win 16, to strike out 150 to only 60 walks, and he's a pretty immense talent. Shame he pitches for Dusty Baker, who beats his pitching arm like it's a naughty schoolboy.
Cueto faces Randy Wells, who is quickly proving to be a one-year-wonder for the Cubs. Who knows -- maybe Randy will bounce back again someday from this mediocre season, but at present he's barely a 5th starter at the most.
Sunday, July 4th - Ted Lilly vs. Mike Leake
Man, those Reds and their young pitchers! Sunday's starter is Mike Leake, a guy who's 5-1 with a 3.30 ERA. Oh, and he's a 22-year-old rookie. Luckily for the Cubs, he pitches righty so they have a decent chance of beating him.
Ted Lilly, meanwhile, continues the swansong of his career in Chicago. Will Sunday be his final game in a Cubs uniform?
Blah blah blah, firesale, blah blah blah? Yadda yackity firesale soon?
Etc., Cubs suck, blerg, firesale, ergo yuck.