The Cubs have lost each of the first two games of the opening series in especially Cub ways. That is to say, getting our hopes up and then dashing them by having the two best relievers blow the game in the 8th inning each time. But Dale Sveum isn’t worried about the bullpen.
“I think they’ll be fine,” said Sveum of his two late inning relievers.”They’ve been in these situations before. It’s not a panic situation.”
“You’ve got to give a little credit to the hitting,” Sveum said. “Espinosa had one heck of an at-bat. The other day, Woody wasn’t throwing strikes and today he was throwing strikes and got two quick outs and Espinosa put a heck of an at-bat together and hit a home run the opposite way, hit the heck out of it. These guys have been here before. It’s just a couple bad innings so far, that’s all that’s happened this season.”
So they’re getting the bad innings out of the way first, and the rest will be magical, right? One thing we have to look forward to today is the season debut of one Jeff Samardzija. All our hopes rest on his long, flowing locks if the Cubs are to avoid being swept in the season’s first series. Jeff is eager to get out there and show us what he’s made of.
“I preached all spring getting off to a quick start as a team, so I can’t say it’s not the same for myself,” Samardzija said. “It’s important to do what you need to do to set the tone for the rest of the season.”
Let’s hope the tone he sets isn’t “give up a lot of runs each time I start”.
The Cubs lineup today:
Game time is 1:20 Central and will be televised on WGN.