With all the fun the Cubs have had with the Carlos Silva thing - the drama, the cut, the bitching - I gotta tell you when you look around we are SO lucky nothing serious has happened.
The biggest bad (or good) thing to happen to another team is of course the Cardinals losing Adam Wainwright for the season.
And that bad thing has a domino effect, of course, since they REALLY have to depend on Jaime Garcia as their 3rd starter.
But he's apparently going screwy when things don't go his way.
This linked article asks 5 beat guys what their biggest concerns with the Cardinals are, and for instance Derrick Goold says, "What stands out about Garcia’s struggles this spring is how he’s reacted to adversity within games. Groundballs are going to get through. A certain out could find its way to a single. Garcia has to find a way to maintain his concentration..."
Sound familiar, Cub Fans?
And there's also the trouble in Milwaukee with Zack Grienke and his cracked rib.
I read the other day that Darwin Barney can do a back flip.
Hey Darwin, look around you brother, and imagine a Trib headline that reads, "Barney out with back spasms after attempting backflip."
Right now the only bad thing the Cubs are feeling is Jeff Baker's hammy, and that's supposedly not even that bad (but remember, he's about to start playing in freaking Iceland, Illinois come Friday).
And the Cubs rotation looks pretty good - Dempster, Z, Garza, Wells and Cashner - and Casey Coleman staying stretched out down on the farm just in case.
So keep your fingers crossed, because "You can never have too much pitching" is a cliche for a reason.
ps: I added a link on the right to the newborn Obstructed View blog. Here's their "About" page. You can see it's like a star team of people from some of your favorite Cubs blogs - Aisle 424, Another Cubs Blog, and And Counting - and they all got together at one place, the blog is gorgeous and sure to be entertaining, insightful and fun. Please check it out.
psps: How awesome was it watching Marian Hossa score the overtime winning goal vs. the Red Wings last night?