Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: August 25th vs. Nationals

GameCastGarrett Mock (2-5, 5.10 ERA) vs. Carlos Zambrano (7-4, 3.35 ERA)

Story Lines
The Cubs are facing the very real fact that they will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Baring a 10-game winning streak, the Cubs will have a tough time overtaking the 8-game lead the Cardinals have in the NL-Central and the 7.5-game lead the Rockies have in the Wild Card.

That being said, the Cubs have a great chance to gain some ground with the Nationals in town. The Cubs really need to sweep, and hopefully pick up a few games. In reality they need to be within 4 games when the Cardinals series in St. Louis takes place. That means they need to pick up four games over thier next 22. Since the Cubs have played four less games, that means they really need to win all of those four, and find a way to pick up two more games. Will that happen? We've seen bad play after bad series, but the Cubs are probably playing their weakest stretch of opponents of the season with dates against the Mets, Astros, Pirates and Reds, not to mention this series against the Nationals.

I'm not one who likes to give up hope, because we've all had plenty of bgad memories to go around in our Cub Fan lives. So, why not hope they can turn it around? The Cubs get a boost tonight when Carlos Zambrano returns to the mound. In other news....well there really is not much other news.

Who's Hot
Jake Fox - He provided some needed hits in the Cubs lone win against LA. Can he see some playing time? Probably not with Alfonso Soriano making all that cash in left.

Who's Not
Take your pick - Aramis Ramirez, Sam Fuld, Geovany Soto, Mike Fontenot and Soriano all hitting .227 or worse in thier last six games. No wonder the Cubs went 2-5.

Conclusions
The fat-lady is warming up and she is about ready to head on to the stage. The only way this turns around is the Cubs go on a winning streak for the ages, and I just have a tough time seeing this team do something like that.

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