The Cubs are in first place on September first, 4 1/2 games in front of the Brewers.
Why am I feeling panic?
You can get AM 720 about 120 miles from Chicago.
We did yesterday driving home from vacation, at exactly the moment Alfonso Soriano made the 3rd out with 2 guys on.
Then the Cubs went on to lose 3-5 to the Phillies.
As the reception got better, things got worse.
I find out Carlos Zambrano didn't start because of a sore arm muscle, or a dead arm or something?
Well, I've been worried about him for a month because he's been not very Carlos-like.
A couple extra days is gonna fix that?
They're pushing back Harden because he's already thrown his personal second-highest total of innings at 131.
What about Dempster?
He's thrown 171, which is more than he's thrown in the last 2 years combined (141 2/3).
In the post game interview, Lou was obviously honked.
On Cubs.com, they quote him as saying: "Why is it frustrating? Why should it be?" he said. "Are we supposed to win every day? I don't think so. We went out and played hard. We got beat. Give them credit."
But in reality the interview had that vibe where Lou sounded this close to going all Loullistic, beginning his answers with "What the HELL..."
HE sounded frustrated, and I think it's about more than the loss to the Phils.
The schedule is about to take us into the kinds of neighborhoods that my dad used to say, "You don't see anybody coming, then don't stop at the red lights."
Almost all the games are away and except for 3 games in Cincinnati, all the teams are red hot.
6 games against the Cardinals (I don't care if they've fallen so far back, they're the Cardinals), 4 vs. the Mets who won 18 games in August, 6 games vs. the Brewers who won 20 games in August, and 6 games starting today vs. Houston who won 21 games in August.
And they start with Marquis vs. Roy Oswalt.
In reality, this WILL be the most exciting, meaningful month of baseball maybe in my entire lifetime.
The September call-ups might give the Cubs some life while resting starters.
Micah Hoffpauir can definitely be a bonus - he's hitting .362 and already has 100 RBIs.
Maybe Angel Guzman's elbow actually works, maybe Jon Lieber can help, maybe Michael Wuertz found the strike zone, maybe Felix Pie is really "peaking", and maybe the Cubs don't have to win their division but just get into the playoffs.
Maybe I'm just having a moment of weakness - sometimes I'm much happier not looking at the big picture.
But if the Cubs falter at home against the Astros, we're all gonna be loudly cluckin' like chickens about the sky falling.
So come ON, Jason Marquis.
You know I hate the Astros, right?
Make my panic go away, please.