Okay, the good news is that we’re only 8 games into the season. It’s still very early. Also, the Cubs have a winning record (5-3), and Derrek Lee has his contract extension. Word is that Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, and Wade Miller may all be back by June. Things could be much, much worse.
The bad news is that the Reds own us. Can anyone explain that to me? This happened last year too. We can beat the Cardinals and Astros. We just can’t beat the Reds. Unfortunately, we play them about 20 times this year. So hopefully the Cubs will be able figure out how to hit the following elite pitchers: Eric Milton, Bronson Arroyo (who is now in Cy Young contention thanks to the Cubs), Brandon Claussen, Aaron Harang.
More bad news. Here’s the starters for the weekend series against the Pirates. Sean Marshall (our #3 starter), Jerome Williams, and Glendon Rusch. In case you were wondering, that’s as bad as it gets. We haven’t put three starters back-to-back-to-back like that since 1997. And everyone knows how that season ended. In June.
So join with me as I take 10 deep breaths and pray to God that Wood and Prior find it in their hearts to take the mound at Wrigley sometime before the all-star break. Once again, for the third year in a row, that’s our only hope.