Cubsters Last Stand
|Vicente Padilla, RHP
5-9, 5.45 ERA
54/42 K/BB, 16 HR in 79.1 IP
|Carlos Zambrano, RHP|
7-4, 3.43 ERA
128/61 K/BB, 12 HR in 139.0 IP
|LF *Matt Lawton||SS #Jimmy Rollins|
|CF Jerry Hairston||CF *Kenny Lofton|
|1B Derrek Lee||2b *Chase Utley|
|RF *Jeromy Burnitz||RF *Bobby Abreu|
|3B Aramis Ramirez||LF Pat Burrell|
|2B *Todd Walker||1B *Ryan Howard|
|SS #Neifi Perez||3B David Bell|
|C Michael Barrett||C Mike Lieberthal|
|P #Carlos Zambrano||P #Vicente Padilla|
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.
I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:
Carl Crawford $20MM
Brandon McCarthy $17MM
Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
Darwin B $2.2MM
Dan Haren $10MM
Matt Kemp $18MM
Brian Wilson $10MM
Ryan Webb $2.2MM
Dee Gordon $2.5MM
Enjoyable read on David Ross.
Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.
BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.
I felt the same way, too, but...