|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||Derek Lowe|
|17-6, 2.96, 187 K,76 BB, 206.2 IP||(2008)
||14-11, 3.24, 147 K, 45 BB, 211 IP|
|(Playoffs)||5-4, 3.34, 43 K, 23 BB, 67.1 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soirano||SS||#Rafael Furcal|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||C||Russell Martin|
|1B||Derrek Lee||LF||Manny Ramirez|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||RF||*Andre Ethier|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||*James Loney|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||CF||Matt Kemp|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||2B||*Blake DeWitt|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||C||Casey Blake|
|P||Ryan Dempster||P||Derek Lowe|
The calender page flips to October and the Cubs are in the unfamiliar position of being the favorites. Well maybe not the favorites to win it all, I think that honor belongs to the Angels or Red Sox, but certainly the team to beat in the National League. TBS will wax poetic about curses and goats and I'll set the over/under line on a Bartman clip at top of the third. And I'll roll my eyes with each and every mention.
But here we are, on the cusp of the playoffs with a Cubs team that is as good as many of us have ever seen; on the heels of a season that exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. Is this the team to break the drought? I don't know, but I sure do believe it is.
As for today's game...