Damn you, Cubs!
Although I have yet to see nor hear anything official, it would appear as though my cunning ruse will soon fail.
We've been planning on attending the Cubs-Jays series from the get-go, while intentionally skipping the stinking pile of poo that is Jason Marquis. However, part of my hopes were on Carlos starting Friday's game against the hated Blue Jays. Unfortunately, because Lou Piniella appears intent on the Cubs laying the smack down on the Braves, it's possible-if-not-likely that the Big Moose will be starting tomorrow night in Chicago.
The coup de grâce in this entire deal comes from the Blue Jays website. We finally bought our tickets tonight to Friday's game, and the official website of the perennial third place AL East team reports that A.J. Burnett will be kicking off the three-game set by squaring off against Cub phenom Sean Gallagher.
Don't get me wrong, I like Gallagher quite a bit. I'll enjoy watching him pitch. But he is no Big Moose, not by a long-shot, and I am angry, fiercely angry at the Cubs for apparently trying their hardest to get to the playoffs by possibly enabling Carlos an extra start over the span of the baseball season.
But, hey, it's just one report and while I have intentionally avoided reading the Chicago papers, I have yet to hear anything official from the Cubs front office about it. Besides, don't the Cubs know that A.J. Burnett is a tough pitcher and Carlos has a better chance of beating him? Bastards.
Pujols wiped out
Get it? It's a poo pun. I'm sure the Desipiots aren't in the least bit surprised.
Anyway, it turns out that they don't make a band-aid big enough to cover all of the wounds on Albert Pujols. ESPN is reporting that the man who broke the Major League color barrier will be out for the next three weeks, which is an excellent chance for the Cubs to spring toward sweet, delicious dominance. You see, while the Cubs have a rough schedule ahead of them - they play 16 of their next 24 games on the road, including 18 against teams with .500 records or better - the Cardinals are also facing a difficult schedule. They play 11 of the next 24 games on the road, including 9 in a row, including 9 against teams with .500 records or better.
Okay, so the Cubs definitely have a rougher ride ahead of them, but, without their key offensive player, St. Louis will not have any easy wins for the next three weeks. This could have been a chance for the Cardinals to really close the gap between them and the Cubs - who definitely have a make-or-break month ahead of them - but now they will struggle to simply keep up.
Tough pu...jols. (Couldn't resist).