It’s GO Time for Your 2010 Chicago Cubs

It’s GO time for your 2010 Chicago Cubs. The off season has ended, spring training is over, the team is assembled, and hope springs eternal. With all the hope and anticipation of a 7-year old kid on Christmas eve, I await the first pitch, first game, first Cubs homer, and first win of the new season.

The Cubs start the season on the road this year, this afternoon in Atlanta against the Braves. This weekend they play in Cincinnati, and back to Wrigley for the home opener next Monday. The Cubs will play 4 of their first 6 series within the NL Central Division this year. Needless to say, they cannot afford to get off to a slow start.

The St. Louis Cardinals are regarded as the team to beat in the division race this year. That may be true, but as Paul Sullivan points out, the Cards have a payroll about $50 million less than the Cubs this year, so their team is not as deep. The keys for Cards of course are keeping guys like Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright on the field all year. Those four players are absolutley required for St. Louis to compete. As Sullivan observes, losing any of them for a significant amount of time could prove very costly for the Cards. After those four, the talent level dramatically drops off from there. Plus, there are only two lefty bats in their lineup. So before we all anoint the Cardinals as NL Central champs, let’s note they have holes too.

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    April 5, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, observations, players, playoffs, rivalries, schedule, spring training

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