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In a span of about 57 hours, give or take a few, the Cubs will play in three different ballparks, beginning Sunday in Houston at Minute Maid Park. They have a makeup game Monday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh (11:35 a.m. CT) and then fly to Milwaukee to open a series Tuesday night against the Brewers at Miller Park.
* Last season, the Cubs played three games in three days in three different ballparks when they met the Indians at Wrigley on June 21, 2009; then play at Atlanta, then at Detroit.
* The last time the Cubs played three games in three days in three different road parks was 2004 when they faced Cincinnati on Sept. 19 (a 5-1 win), then played a doubleheader in Florida Sept. 20 (which they split), and then traveled to Pittsburgh Sept. 21 (a 10-inning win). Hurricane Francis in Miami forced that crazy itinerary.
– Carrie Muskat
Lou Piniella is hearing it from Cubs fans at Turner Field who are upset about the 0-2 start. He’s upset, too, but also realistic.
“[If you're] 2-0, you’re on top of the world, and 0-2, you’re six feet under,” Piniella said Thursday prior to the Cubs’ game against the Braves. “It’s early. We’ve got to sort some things out there. These guys are playing. We didn’t play poorly last night. We gave them an unearned run when we didn’t tag a guy out at second. You talk about a little play like that, that makes [Ryan] Dempster throw an extra 12, 15 pitches to get out of that inning. It’s early in the season and we’re going to be fine. Winning that first ballgame is important.”
After this three-game series, the Cubs head to Cincinnati to face the Reds for three. They’d like to go with a “W” in the standings.
“We’re trying to win one and [the Braves] are trying to win their third,” Piniella said. “We’re doing the best we can. It is important [to win Thursday]. We’ve got to play regardless tomorrow whether we win or lose tonight. The season isn’t over.
“If we win this game, it doesn’t mean we’ll win the World Series,” he said, “and if we lose, it doesn’t mean we’ll lose one. We’re going to do the best we can, that’s all we can do.”
– Carrie Muskat
Lou Piniella has stressed that the Cubs need to score runs to win — simple concept but true. Looking at team batting averages and runs scored since the All-Star break, he’s right.
TEAM: Batting aver. since ASG, Runs, Record
CUBS: .280, 61, 9-2
Reds: .225, 42, 3-8
Astros: .267, 46, 6-5
Brewers: .288, 47, 4-7
Pirates: .236, 39, 5-6
Cardinals: .281, 47, 5-6
If you’re going to Friday’s Cubs game in Cincinnati — and apparently a lot of people are — try to get to Great American Ball Park early. Not only are they expecting 50,000 for Friday’s Cubs-Reds game, but there’s also a sold-out Keith Urban concert next door at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.
If you’re feeling generous, the Reds are sponsoring a food drive during the Cubs series. Anyone donating a non-perishable food item in designated food collection barrels will receive two tickets to the June 17 game vs. the Brewers (Cubs fans could stick around and jeer the Brewers).
– Carrie Muskat