Carlos Zambrano isn't coming back anytime soon

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Dollars to donuts that he’s killed three anger management counselors in a blind rage. Paul Sullivan:

Carlos Zambrano won’t return to the Cubs in the Phillies series
that begins the second half of the season Thursday. The Cubs insist they
don’t know when Zambrano, who’s on the restricted list, will be back,
or when he can begin his rehab, or even if he’s done with his anger
management therapy. “We’re still in limbo,” Piniella said.

I’m sure the Cubs don’t mind. Given how he pitched before his blowup he’s worth more to the Cubs as a roster-space-freeing body on the restricted list than he is as a pitcher.  I mean, sure, I suppose they’d like him to not be crazy and stuff anymore, but people are better served by not allowing themselves to disappear into fantasy land.

World Series Games 1 and 2 may be the hottest of all time

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The World Series is often played in near winter-like conditions. The 2008 Series was interrupted by a snowy, wintry mix. The 2012 World Series games in Detroit dipped into the 20s. It’s not uncommon to see players wearing balaclavas and other winter gear during the so-called “Fall Classic.”

Not this year, though. Indeed, this year we’re likely to see record high temperatures for Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.

As of this moment, WeatherUnderground.com forecasts a high in Los Angeles of 101 degrees for today’s World Series Media Day and highs of 102 and 98 for Games 1 and 2, respectively. First pitch for both games is just after 5PM Pacific time, when the sun will still be blazing. The sun will set about an hour or so in to the game which should cool things off somewhat, but the heat will definitely impact pregame workouts and the early innings. Fans showing up three or more hours before first pitch will do well to prepare themselves for the elements.

The hottest World Series game on record came in Phoenix for Game 1 in 2001 when the mercury stood at 94 degrees at game time. That year Major League Baseball unwisely demanded that the Chase Field roof be left open for the Diamondbacks-Yankees tilt. If there is a Game 6 and/or 7 things will be nicer as the long range forecast shows temperatures in the low 70s by then.

Hydrate well, Dodgers and Astros. Those of us watching from cooler temperatures and/or the comfort of our air conditioned homes will feel really bad for you.