Man is this pun lame, but whatever.
Adam Warren is gonna start today, and give the Cubs starting 5 a little peace.
Finally he gets a starting role, but in reality it's more like starting relief.
Joe Maddon's going to go with a 6-man rotation for this week and probably the week after the All-Star break.
John Lackey sure looks like he could use the extra day, right?
6 innings, 6 runs given up to a Reds team that has almost the exact opposite record as the Cubs - they're 31-54, the Cubs 52-31.
Plus, this is what's on the front page of the Chicago Tribune this morning:
Those guys are the Chicago All-Stars - 7 Cubs (Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Dexter Fowler, Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist) and Chris Sale.
So while most of baseball gets the actual "break" in "All-Star Break", Arrieta and Lester are gonna have to pitch.
Lester - remember last year's dead arm?
Last Sunday the Mets needed just 4 outs to get 9 runs and send him to the showers.
Hopefully just a freak outing and nothing is "dead", and while I'm glad for him I also selfishly I wish he wasn't an All-Star.
So Warren starts today vs Reds.
Then it'll be Hammel vs the Braves, then Arrieta, Lester and Lackey vs the red hot Pirates (they may jump ahead of the Cards today) and FINALLY the break.
Which is good because when they come back it's gonna be the 1st place Rangers in town followed by the Dog Ass Mets.
I would imagine it'll be Kyle Hendricks and then Warren to start off the Ranger series.
And yeah the Cubs have hit a rough patch but it always cracks me up that my first thought is, "OH GOD NO. NOT THE RANGERS! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" - while in reality, those guys from Texas are thinking the same thing of the Cubs.
Because your favorite team is also really, really good.
Okay Adam Warren, give us all a little peace today and shut down the Reds, please.