THIS IS THE YEAR (LIKE EVERY OTHER YEAR)
Is there anything to write or say? The Cubs peed all over themselves. Isn’t that really the heart of the matter? On the mound, in the field and most definitely at the plate, the Cubs look nothing like the team that won 97 games this year. The Sox are missing their MVP candidate. What’s the Cubs’ excuse?
The errors are bad but they really don’t matter when you can only score 5 runs in 2 games. The 3 scored last night were scored in MLB’s version of garbage time. Big whoop. Much is made of Piniella’s decision to start Fukudome–and where he hit him in the lineup–but had DeRosa not injured his calf Fontenot would have got the call over Kosuke. And since Lou remembers last year, maybe he thought it was best to move Theriot down in the order. None of it matters when nobody else hits.
Soriano continues his Bonds-like postseason career. Just 1-9 in this series with no walks and no extra-base hits. He was up there swinging mindlessly against Lowe in game 1. Add these numbers to last year’s and you get 3-23 with no homers, no RBI and no walks. Ridiculous. He had 2-0 last night against Billingsley and everyone knew he was going to swing no matter what. A fastball cut in on his hands a bit and he hit a soft fly. Memo to Al–just because you are in a hitter’s count does not mean you have to swing.
But it’s not just him. I was hoping valued reader PV’s comments were true that they were just outpitched in Game 1. But they look like they did last year. Afraid to go for greatness and/or stuck inside their own heads.
[tags]Cubs, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB[/tags]