How many members of this team will still be in Cubbie blue at this time next month? We don’t know, but the veterans know it’s coming:
The Cubs played well the final two weeks before the All-Star break, going 9-4 against the Mets, Astros and Braves. They begin the second half of the season Friday against the Diamondbacks, and players are expecting a sell-off of veterans between now and Aug. 31.
Ryan Dempster figures to be the first to go, with Matt Garza, Paul Maholm, Carlos Marmol, Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker among those on the endangered Cubs list.
“There are needs for every team out there,” Dempster said. “Right now the need for our team is to have me in the rotation. I just want to continue to do my job every time my name is called.”
Dempster seems to have accepted the idea of moving on, and his start Saturday could be his last with the Cubs at Wrigley, making for an emotional day. Most of the other veterans, including Marmol, Baker and Johnson, have said they hope to stay where there are in spite of the team’s short-term prospects.
Franky, after his outing in Atlanta, I’m shocked that Dempster is STILL here. Let’s hope that Theo is holding out for a good deal.
The Cubs will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks today at 1:20 pm CT. This means two things 1) Mark Grace will be back in town and 2) Mark Grace will be back at the Wrigleyville bars this weekend. Enjoy, ladies.
This afternoon, Paul Maholm will take on Ian Kennedy. Nothing gets me more fired up about the second half of the season than Paul Maholm.
So . . yeah. Happy Friday. Lineup to come.