Today the Cubs have a chance – a chance – to take a series from the team with the best record in baseball. By the transitive property, such a victory would mean the Cubs are now the best team in baseball. Definitively.
- James Russell will get the fifth starter spot start on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. Which, you know, totally makes sense, since he couldn’t make it out of the second inning agains the worst lineup in baseball last week. Oh, and he just pitched in relief yesterday. Oh, and the Cubs have a bunch of youngsters who are stretched out who couldn’t be any worse. But, whateves. Totally the right decision.
- On the other side of the bump, the Cubs will face Alan Johnson, who is making his Major League Debut. Fortunately, the Cubs are totally never dominated by random guys filling in for other guys.
- Marlon Byrd is totally tearing it up in the three-hole. Sure, it’s great that he’s batting .300, but he has four (4!!) RBI in 14 games batting in the three-hole with guys getting on base in front of him at an impressive clip. Why is it so easy for ALL of us to see he’s not a run-producer, but so hard for the decision-makers to see?
- Ok, one non-sarcastic bullet: Kosuke Fukudome returned to the lineup after missing nearly a week with a strained hamstring, Carlos Pena’s thumb is feeling pretty good, and Casey Coleman is fine after taking a liner off his leg last night.