WHY DID THE CUBS LOSE?
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.