What's at risk?
It's been a while since I've felt good about the Cubs. Don't get me wrong, I was pretty happy when they were 2 games over .500. But then, the great collapse occurred, and even now this team is trying to fight its way back to .500. But is it really worth it?
I only ask because our incredible starting pitching is dubious at best right now. Kerry Wood is out for probably another 3 weeks or more, and now Carlos Zambrano is risking his elbow to potentially throw against the White Sox this weekend.
Normally I would say that the Cubs know what they're doing, but after the Prior, Wood, Wood, Prior, and Wood fiascos of the last two seasons, I no longer think that's a certainty. Does Carlos really have to start his next turn? Can't the Cubs use one of their Triple A pitchers, just for a turn?
I'm not saying Carlos will suffer an arm explosion if he pitches. He just might is all. Then again, even if he did, Carlos might not tell anyone for a while. He might still throw 200 strong innings this year. He's just that tough.
Regardless, if you believe the season doesn't end until October, if you believe the Cubs can still pull out of it, then you also have to believe that they can do it even if Carlos misses a start. But if Carlos makes the start, and then misses the next 10 (or, heavens forbid, the rest of the season), then the Cubs are dead in the water.
Someone tell that to Dusty and Jim, okay?