Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Outlook

34 games left. That is all for this team. Here's how I see each series going the rest of the year.

PIT = 2-1
at STL = 1-1
at PIT = 2-1
NYM = 2-1
SD = 3-1
CIN = 2-1
at PHI = 1-3
at CHI = 1-2
at CIN = 2-1
PIT = 2-1
CHI = 1-2

That leaves us at 19-15 and 92-70 for the year. Will that be enough guys? The Cubs play Washington and Pittsburgh next and then they have only one series against a team with a losing record the rest of the year. Please melt down, please melt down.


Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

the focus should be on the Cards. if we go 19-15 the rest of the year that should be enough to take the Wild Card...i hope!

Moongoose McQueen said...

I think, for those still holding out to win the division, that you better hope the Brewers can do better than 2-4 against the Scrubs. Under these projections, you're hoping that the Cubs go 10-20 in their remaining games other than against Milwaukee. Ouch.

Rubie Q said...

We aren't winning the division. It's just not happening. The Cubs are too talented, too deep, and have too good of a bullpen to suffer a complete melt down. The best we can hope is that they go .500 the rest of the way, and even that's a reach.

90 wins gets you in the playoffs. That should be the target.

Devil's Threesome said...

I don't really think we can catch the Cubs either. I'm just amazed at how tough their schedule is down the stretch. You never know, if we can go 4-2 or better against them, we may have a chance.
Any thoughts on my prediction? Too rosy? Too pessimistic? Anyone see the series playing out differently? That win yesterday was huge - we couldn't afford to lose another series at home.

Rubie Q said...

It's a solid prediction, although I'm sure that one of those series with 'Nati is going to trip us up. We just play those Central teams too many times for us not to drop a series to them. That said, I think we're going to sweep one of the Pittsburgh series, so it'll all balance out. 19-15 sounds about right to me.

Devil's Threesome said...

I'm always afraid of the 'Nati, but less so w/o Dunn and Griff. Joey Votto is the Reds' answer to Geoff Blum.

Rubie Q said...

Actually, Geoff Blum is the Houston version of Scott Hatteberg, but Scott Hatteberg's out of baseball now, because he only hit against

What we were talking about?

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

I think you prediction is right on but if we can steal a few more games somwhere that make me feel a lot better...split with Phillies, a Pitt sweep, 2 out of 3 from division clinched Cubs.

Rubie Q said...

Course, this is all a moot point if Braun doesn't stop borrowing Sheet's vagina while he's batting. Hey, dipshit: you know why your ribs hurt? Because you keep swinging at pitches at eyeball level.

If he's out for any extended period of time, we struggle to go .500 the rest of the way.

EMoney said...

If we win 90 games and don't make the playoffs, that will just figure. We nearly make the playoffs with a .500 record for years, and then out of nowhere the Cubs actually figure out how to win, and the Cards continue to win with smoke and mirrors......without their 2 best pitchers. While I don't have a prediction for our final win total, I will say this.....If we don't make the playoffs, I GUARANTEE Ned Yost is updating his resume because he will be out on his ass in October. As much as I hate Ned and don't understand how a high paid manager can be so incompetent, I don't wish the team to fail to get him out of here.

As far as how the year plays out, I am worried. Sheets is struggling, Sabathia can't remain this perfect the rest of the year (especially if Ned leaves him in there to throw 130 every night), and Braun is going to have this nagging injury the rest of the year so he could miss some more time. And I have zero confidence in Prince carrying us without Braun in clutch situations. He is batting like .130 with RISP and 2 outs this year. I see us having a slim lead going into the final weekend, and letting the Cubs come into town and knock us out. We play scared/tight against them like we did against Boston. Confident teams don't do that. They miss the wild card by 1 game.