We'll talk numbers today, a more in-depth preview and breakdown for tomorrow.
|Team Defensive Efficiency
Check out that Cubs reliever ERA, what a turnaround from those dreary April-May days.
3 Questions for Debate
Should Ryan Dempster
close or does Lou push him back into lower leverage situations and go Wood, Marmol, Howry for the 7th, 8th and 9th? (FYI - Dempster gave up 7 home runs in September and had a 9.82 ERA)
Should Zambrano pitch Game 4 on three days rest which would also set-up Ted Lilly
to go in Game 5 on normal rest? Or do the Cubs go with Jason Marquis
in Game 4 who is four appearances removed from his last decent game? (FYI - Z's only effort on 3 days rest this year resulted in 5.1 IP and 4 ER
against the Reds)
Reader Wes tells us that Lou in a radio interview has already decided he's going with Z on three days rest. So debate whether it's a good idea or not.
Who should make the playoff roster? The team will likely carry 11 pitchers - Z, Lilly, Hill, Marquis, Dempster, Howry, Marmol, Wood, Eyre are locks. The final 2 seem to be a choice of Kevin Hart
, Steve Trachsel
, Sean Marshall
, Mike Wuertz
and possibly Will Ohman
. Who should make the bench? The locks are Kendall, Soto, Lee, DeRosa, Theriot, Ramirez, Soriano, Jones, Floyd and Murton. Ward will be in if his sprained thumb is healed enough. That leaves 3 spots open for Monroe, Pie, Fontenot, Cedeno and Blanco and Hendry said there's little chance they'll carry 3 catchers.
QUICK UPDATE: Start times have been announced for the first 3 games,
9:30 pm CST for Games 1 and 2 and 5 pm CST on Saturday. Bad for most of you guys, great for me as I might be able to make it home and watch in glorious TBS HD. The move does make sense as the Dbacks are the only West Coast team hosting the first 2 games of the division series. The Angels and either Padres or Rockies will start out on the road in the Eastern Time Zone.