Well, it's official. The Cubs now have one more win (3) than they have starting pitchers on the disabled list (3). Randy Wells is rocking a strained forearm while Andrew Cashner has a strained rotator cuff. Their bullpen is already tired and their offense looks OK. So how have I been enjoying baseball season?
It's been good so far. Not great, but not terrible. The Cubs are 3-2, which is fine. I have to remind myself every day that the baseball season is a grind and to not get too worked up over each game. It's tough though, as mental errors are a huge pet peeve of mine and the 162 game season naturally allows for plenty of base running errors or poor defensive choices. Baseball is built on imperfection- I know this all too well as a Cubs fan.
So what do the Cubs do now besides hope for some rain-outs and good news from Wells and Cashner in two weeks? Well, I can think of a few options:
1) Casey Coleman - He's a prospect that looked decent during his time in the majors last year. However, if he was really good and Major League ready, then he'd already be up with the team, I suppose.
2) Move Jeff Samarjdaf;kja to the rotation - I never spell check his name and refuse to learn how to spell it. He was excellent in Triple-A Iowa last year as a starter. Unfortunately, he looked good for exactly 1 inning yesterday before getting in trouble and ultimately blowing the Cubs' 4-1 lead. Not sure he can be trusted.
3) Offer the Yankees a package for Mark Prior, then throw him into the starting rotation - So far, this is my favorite option. The Cubs could probably get 3+ starts out of him before his arm detaches from his body, becomes a zombie arm, and starts biting bleacher bums. Instead of hoping for that, I'm resigned to watching sick highlights of Prior pitching against the Dodgers in 2004- I was at this game.
4) Bring Greg Maddux back - He works in the Cubs front office and could probably make a few starts. Why not? It's a better suggestion than bringing Rick Sutcliffe out of the booth and back to the mound. I prefer my pitchers to be younger and less like the doctor from "Rocky Racoon." What I'm trying to say is Sutcliffe drinks a lot. We've gotten way off topic.
5) Go with a 3 man rotation - They used to do it in the olden days, are we too good for this solution? It's better than bringing Carlos Silva back (which is not an option, but I imagine that if he came back, Wrigley Field Old Styles would ripple like the water cup from Jurassic Park when the T-Rex was coming.)
The moral of this post? The Cubs are probably screwed in the near future. There aren't too many good options that I know of, so I hope they surprise me. I also hope Wells and Cashner aren't out for extended periods of time. Pitching injuries are the worst.