CUBS ARE A LOCK, SO SAYS PHIL
Well I guess we can all quit worrying. Phil Rogers says the Cubs are a lock to win the NL Central. I wonder if Tribune HR asked for a urine test this morning.
The Milwaukee Brewers appear irreversibly ruined by a 50-day, 21-game stretch without a victory by any of their top three starters. The St. Louis Cardinals have been winning as much through willpower as manpower, having lost to free agency or injury pitchers who made 142 starts a year ago, including ace Chris Carpenter. They didn’t import enough talent to fill the cracks, so this won’t be their year.
That leaves the Cubs to represent the NL’s lightweight division, the relevant question becoming where they open the playoffs. Phoenix? New York? Philadelphia? San Diego?
Rogers puts a positive spin on a lot of the factors. He mentions that the bullpen is solid and “Neither Dempster nor Howry has blown a save since June, going a combined 26-for-32 this season.” That’s somewhat misleading as the Cubs are below .500 in 1-run games and are a heinous 1-7 in extra inning games. I trust the Cubs bullpen about as much as I trust the outcome of an NBA game.
Rogers ends with “Add it all up. If you are a Cubs fan, you’ll like the math.” For now I do. Let me get back to you in October.
[tags]Cubs, NL Central, MLB[/tags]