I’ve had fun all season watching the Chicago Cubs play baseball. When Lou Piniella gave the reins to Mike Quade I figured it was going to be a very sad and boring end to the season and then there would be an announcement of a different manager made. Nothing has gone like I thought it would and I am really glad.
John Schlegel has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Cubs, Marlins keeping eye on young pitchers.” What Schlegel is reporting, in essence, is that both of these teams are taking these final games very seriously even though postseason is not in their future.
The Chicago Cubs will play the Florida Marlins in the second game of their three-game series and the Cubs will be going for their fifth straight road win. I pick the Cubs. Frankly if I were pitching I would pick the Cubs; I have never seen anything like it.
Starting for the Florida Marlins will be Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has worked hard for the Marlins with a career-high 172 innings pitched. Sanchez, (12-9, 3.35 ERA) has a 1-1 record against the Cubs but has a lousy ERA at 6.75.
Starting for the Cubs will be Casey Coleman. Coleman has had a great record at the Triple-A level and he has pitched six innings in each of his last four starts. He has a 1-2 record with a 5.11 ERA and has never faced the Marlins. As I said I still pick the Cubs. They are simply on fire.
The Cubs will be looking to go 16-7 since interim manager Mike Quade took over with an 11-3 road record. Quade has to be taken seriously at this point to be the next manager. If I were General Manager Jim Hendry I would at least start Quade for next season; what does he have to lose?
Starlin Castro can look to play for most of the rest of the year if he remains healthy. Quade wants to get him enough at-bats to qualify for the batting championship should he up his average enough.
As good as Castro is I would love to see Darwin Barney get some more playing time because he has been doing so well.
When it rains it pours; there are so many good performances to choose from.
Chicago Cubs’ website, John Schlegel, “Cubs, Marlins keeping eye on young pitchers”