The Cubs return to action tonight after hurricane ike displaced thier series wth the Houston Astros to Milwaukee, WI….just 90 miles north of Wrigley Field. Though the Astros will bat as the “home team” the decided advantage lies with the Cubs. The Cubs have won their last five at Miller Park including a four game sweep of the Brewers to close out the month of July. The Astros however are going for their seventh straight aginst the Cubs.
Hurricane Ike may have been a momentum killer for the Astros who were on a tear and won 14 out their last 15 games, while the Cubs had been struggling. One Cub in particular, Carlos Zambrano had issues as of late including a missed start with shoulder tendenitis. Zambrano has had a 12 day layoff and should be rested and ready to take on Randy Wolf.
The Brewers will find themselves in an unfamiliar position of rooting for the Cubs in their own stadium. What ever you want to call what the Cubs have been doing lately with your choice of one of the “c” words, you have to classify what the Brewers have been doing as “c” squared. They have let everyone including the Astros back into the Wild Card race in the NL. The Astros sit just two back, whereas they were 11 games back on August 27…just 18 days ago.
The Cubs magic number is down to 10 for the division and 8 for the wild card. As we have said before…Sunday is a tough day for us to chat, but we will try to check in later on the PDA to see if anyone is here. But, between flipping between football, baseball, and NASCAR and juggling family responsibilities (today is my daughter Sarhah’s first birthday…Happy Birthday Sarah!) we are more inclined to say enjoy your weekend…hopefully the game on Monday is actually shown on WGN.