Series Preview: Cubs at San Francisco
The season is winding down and the Cubs are on the road against one of the toughest teams in the west. But even the Giants look as if they are not playoff bound. Still, San Fran will be playing their asses off in this series, and if they have any pride the Cubs will be playing the role of spoiler. As Dusty would say, "you gotta respect the game enough to try to win, dude."
That Dusty was always one righteous dude.
Thursday, September 24th - Ryan Dempster vs. Bad Brad Penny
Clownsevelt has won managed to win his 10 games. So has Penny, who's been a lot worse. Considering who the Giants are turning to later in the series, if the Cubs want to even have a chance for a split this is a must-win game.
Friday, September 25th - Carlos Zambrano vs. Tim Lincecum
The Big Moosey looks like he's going to fall short of 10 wins this year. As Rob would point out, it's not what you'd expect from an ace. As I like to point out, from 1993 until 1996, Roger Clemens was a shell of himself, struggling to stay healthy, to pitch effectively, and to be the Ace everybody thought he was. In other words, Carlos is a shell of himself this year, but that doesn't mean he won't be the best pitcher on the team next year. He has my support and confidence, so long as the journos fail to chase him out of town.
Saturday, September 26th - Tom Gorzelanny vs. Barry Zito
One's a lefty who lost his zip (but has put up half-decent numbers). The other's a lefty with unmet potential. What happens in this game is a total toss-up, but if Gorzo wants to have a shot at starting with the Cubs in '09 then he must know he's under the microscope on Saturday.
Sunday, September 27th - Ted Lilly vs. Matt Cain
I love Ted Lilly with the fervor of a cupid-shot ass monkey (whatever that means), but not even I think he's favored to beat Cain. Still, stranger things have happened, like that time I came up with the cupid-shot ass monkey metaphor. What was I thinking?
Who the hell knows? The Cubs are toast, but have been playing better knowing that Milton Douchely is gone. Or maybe that's a coincidence. Either way, they're playing spoiler and will try to bust some San Francisco ass.
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