#Cubs prep for tough month
New Cubs pitcher Dan Haren posted on Twitter that he had landed in Milwaukee, and the right-hander will make his first start on Wednesday in the series finale against the Pirates.
This is a key month for the Cubs, who are trying to secure a playoff spot. They’ll face the two teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race, the Pirates and Giants, starting Monday.
“This is the tough month to get through, August,” manager Joe Maddon said. “You’ve got to show up every day and play. Everybody gets a little bit fatigued, mentally and physically. I’ve explained to the guys, once you get to September, if you’re in that hunt, you find the energy every day. The weather starts to break and it gets cooler. Plus, you show up and you’re right there and have this opportunity. [August] is the month you have to manufacture it a little bit.”
Maddon will try to keep things loose. He’s got something planned for the middle of the month, but wouldn’t offer any hints. The Cubs will be encouraged to wear onesies on the flight home from Los Angeles Aug. 30.
“It is fun and games, it’s not life and death,” Maddon said. “You’ve wanted to do this since you’re six or five or four [years old]. You wanted this opportunity to be a Major League player, you might as well enjoy it.”
— Carrie Muskat