Series Preview - Cubs at Braves
The Cubs are swinging on over to the East coast and have lots of nasty teams to deal with. But, before the pain starts, the Cubs will have the relatively easy assignment of taking on the Texiera-less Braves.
The Braves have finally fallen from their rather lengthy reign of terror and sit in fourth place (metaphorically speaking...some of the Braves might be standing) behind the Marlins, Mets, and Phillies. Thank God for the Nationals, am I right? I mean, am I right? Ha! Yeah.
As is often the case when you're the best team in the National League, this is a team the Cubs should beat, even on the road. I'll only really be happy with the Cubs taking two out of three (okay, I'd be happy if the Cubs swept).
Let's take a look at how likely that is...
Cubs at Braves
Tuesday, August 12th, 6:00 PM CT
Rich Harden vs. Charlie Morton - Up until his last start, Harden had been unbelievably good. In fact, despite the fact that I had excessively high expectations with him coming over to the Cubs, he still managed to exceed them. Crazy, I know. Harden was hit pretty hard in his last start, but I look for him to rally today and make us all proud (I was going to go with a "puke and rally" metaphor, but I thought that might get rather gross rather quickly).
Charlie Morton is more famous for his excellent steak house, one of the best in Chicago. It's even better than Outback.
Wednesday, August 13th, 6:00 PM CT
Jason Marquis vs. Jorge Campillo - I think we all know how we feel about Jason Marquis, so there's no need to mention it. Despite this, I will, but I think it's important to constantly remind the internet that Jason Marquis sucks. So, internet, here is your reminder: Jason Marquis sucks.
Jorge Campillo, on the other hand, is quite decent. He throws a wide variety of pitches ranging from the fastball to various pitches that could be best described as "not fastballs." Cubs.com goes so far as to describe his control as "pinpoint." How many angels can dance on the head of his control? We'll find out soon.
Thursday, August 14th, 6:00 PM CT
Ted Lilly vs. Tom Glavine - It's the matchup of the crafty lefty versus the crafty serial killer. Tom Glavine is still pitching at the ripe age of 42 and Ted Lilly has a freezer full of human heads. How wins? I don't know, but I can't wait to find out!