Monday, April 18, 2005

So far, so so

While you can't expect to sweep a team on the road, the Pittsburgh series was a lost opportunity for the Cubs. They blew their most winnable game.

Now, looking at the Cinci series, the Cubs really do need to win both games. Not just because they need the wins in advance of their first matchup with St. Louis, but because of whom the Cubs have taking the mound.

These are huge starts for Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. Mark just needs to show that he's healthy and consistent. Kerry faces what may be one of the biggest starts of his career tonight. Clearly, very little is riding on the outcome of this game in terms of standings, playoff advancement, or any other major events. But a poor performance will bring the fans ire smashing down on him.

It started last week with public airings of discontent with Wood from multiple media sources. Another poor outing tonight and the volume will go up to 10. Or 11 if you are Nigel Tufnel.

Kerry Wood needs to take the pill tonight and say to every doubter what the Desipio Gamecasts are so fond of saying to me when Korey gets a hit.

Considering Kerry's already been outpitched this season by Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior, Greg Maddux, Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland, he better.

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