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Monday, September 26th, 2016

WHY DID THE CUBS LOSE?

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Why did the Cubbies lose to the D’Backs? Tim Dierkes of The Hardball Times has a great article detailing why the Cubs got swept. I especially like what he had to say about Ted Lilly.

Ted Lilly, for lack of a better phrase, crapped the bed. So much for the value of playoff experience, right? He looked terrible from the get-go and cemented himself in Cubs lore by spiking his glove after Chris Young homered. One of the TBS announcers said it was a Little League type move. A few more intangibles may explain the meltdown: Lilly looked downright frightened out there, and Geovany Soto’s inexperience couldn’t have helped. It might’ve made sense to start Kendall in game two and pair Geo with Hill. Soto and Hill had teamed up previously in the minors.

Great stuff. I’ll have a look ahead at the 2008 Cubs coming up here on the ol’ blog.

  • PV

    Didn’t Lilly shake off Soto before he made the brilliant decision to throw CYoung a fastball? And didn’t Soto homer in that game? Lilly indeed crapped himself, but playing a worse catcher wouldn’t have helped.

    Speaking of crapping themselves, Ramirez was clearly brainlocked the whole series – first swinging at everything for the fences for two games, than the first at-bat in Game 3 he clearly tries to adjust and take pitches, and instead is over-patient and never gets the bat off his shoulder for a called strike three.

    Really, the entire organization shat itself. Young should never have seen a fastball, the same way Soriano got slow stuff. Either poor scouting, or execution, or both.

    The D-Backs were clearly a better team, but it’s disgusting how the Cubs played and comported themselves.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    “Really, the entire organization shat itself. Young should never have seen a fastball, the same way Soriano got slow stuff. Either poor scouting, or execution, or both.”

    Yes, yes, yes.

    Lee was also seen slamming his bat and throwing his bat.

    There’s some really interesting subplots with this club for ’08.

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