Sunday, October 5, 2008

Best record no guarantee to playing in October

The Angels needed two games, five hours, and 12 innings to finally break a curse of their own against the Red Sox. They still trail the series 1-2 but this was the type of game that could swing the mo’ back to Anaheim. The Sox were one wide pitch, or one base hit away from the ALCS on several occasions only for the largest crowd at Fenway Park to see a game since WWII walk away disappointed. It’s the type of game that can turn a series around, and rest assured the pressure is now on the Sox to close things out in game 4 or risk going back to the home of the 100 game winners. The team with the best record in the NL did not have as much resolve as the Dodgers swept away the past and the Cubs all at once. A 3-1 win in game 3 signified the first series win for LA since Captain Kirk beamed them up in 88’ for a World Series Championship and the end of the season for the 97-win Cubs and their fans who thought the drought was over. Was this a collapse or did they just run into the hottest team in baseball right now? The Dodgers have always had good pitching (best ERA in the NL), but now they have some stick to go with it. How far can Manny and Blues go? The NLCS is set as the Phillies took care of business themselves with a 6-2 win over Milwaukee to end the other DS three games to one. During the year both LA and Philly swept each other in 4 game series, but this could come down to LA doing what not many around the league were able to do, not silence but at least keep the Philadelphia bats under control. Lastly, don’t count out Ozzie’s crazy train just yet as they move on to game four after a close 5-3 win over the Rays. As good as the LA/Bos series has been, is anyone giving the winner of this series a chance?

16 comments:

nbetweennownthen said...

I'm not saying the Cubs choked or collapsed. They just plain didn't show up for 3 games. I was just answering why the Angels are going to be given a pass in the media more than the Cubs. The Red Sox are a WC team, obviously, but fact remains that Francona owned Scioscia far before this year, which is why many people thought they would win, or at least take it to 5. All you're seeing now is a trend that's holding true.

ramsfan2185 said...

I am a lifelong Dodgers fan who is obviously ecstatic over the sweep. I feel bad for the Cubs- I would have rooted for them if they had played anyone other than L.A. Truth be told, the Dodgers just outplayed them, plain and simple. Their starting pitching was better, their defense was better, they manufactured runs in game 2, and did a better job offensively. For as much experience and intelligence Lou Piniella has, he certainly didn't distinguish himself in this series.

The Cubs have a good club. Getting over that hump, however remains the million dollar question.

cubrod1 said...

I refuse to let this bunch of chokers ruin me. The best thing about it is, they're done now. No longer do we have to suffer by putting our sports dreams in the hands of a bunch of chokers. These players will have it out of their minds by today, you can bet on it. They're filthy rich athletes, who get paid the same whether they're chokers or not.

One final thing, and i'm sure Pinella will be happy about it. At least from now on, as long as the Cubs continue to have Pinella as the manager, and this group of chokers as the core group of players, they won't have to deal with any of the expectations anymore. The whole world knows now, they are chokers, and nobody would expect anything but a three and out, should this bunch of losers ever make the playoffs again.

Yes, it hurts, and i'm expressing my hurt, but i promise i won't let them cause me any longterm pain. I can deal with regular season losers better than i can with postseason chokers, so i refuse to allow myself to be sucked in by the Cubs ever again. From now on, i'll still follow them as i have no choice, it's in my DNA; however, no more heart and soul will be given to chokers.

ctrob1 said...

maybe they can't go home and sulk but I can and probably will. Wow, what an awful showing. This feels almost as bad as '03- 'cept this one is different in the fact that I actually EXPECTED this team to shine. Well after 45 years of agony living and dying with the Cubs on a daily basis, what's one more.......................

thrgreatwagner said...

The Cubs turned into zombies in September. The Cubs led the NL in all of the major run-producing categories April-August. They then disappeared in September, coming in 9th-11th in the NL in key categories (OBP, SLG, etc.). How good were they? Despite the September nosedive, the Cubs STILL led the NL for the season in most of the categories.

The problem was that the Cubs could not magically turn into the pre-September Cubs come the playoffs. Add to this that the Dodgers could not magically turn into the pre-Manny Dodgers. Manny-Dodgers had a run differential 55 greater than did the September Cubs. THOSE were the two teams that showed up.

People laughed when DiamondMind picked the Dodgers in 4: but they were going by the recent numbers, and the ballplayers did, too!

cubtominla said...

To disappointing to continue after 50 years a die hard cub fan I give up. I burned my Cub and W flags last night and refuse to watch another cub game as long as I live even if its another 100 years.

charjoy said...

There is no excuse to blame a curse, the Cubs just sucked in the playoffs. They thought that they were unbeatable and they got big heads instead of good bats. They were outplayed and hit. Realize that till they play as a team in the playoffs, this will happen. Better luck NEXT YEAR. I am a Cubs fan, but am very disappointed in them, that they blame a stupid curse and don't blame themselves.

spydee said...

Quote from Soriano-"I'm not disappointed in my struggling, I'm disappointed in what we do in the playoffs. Because I could be struggling and we win. So I'm struggling in the postseason and we didn't win.".... Nice he accepts no personal responsibility for this train wreck. Get rid of him..... Shoulda gotten what we could for Rich Hill in preseason, before he proved himself as worthy as Bobby Hill. He was untouchable in trades, no matter what was offered. What a waste of a talented team.

chiheart80 said...

manavy427 (Less than a minute ago) Report Violation i love the fact that all cubs fans are all pissed off.... i mean come on you didn't honestly see this coming? The cubs are probably the most pathetic organization in the MLB when in the playoffs... I mean come on they have if not the best one of the best rosters in the MLB and you still can't win? maybe need to look somewhere else than the roster.... or the manager at that... THIS IS COMING FROM A CARDINALS FAN... so you know i must really think they have a great roster to say something like that.

dyinginchitown said...

Letting the dodgers season continues is unexcusable,I want heads to roll in Chicago with this tank job. WHY continue to pitch to Manny when he is just killing you and the dodgers have no one else who is half the threat??? Lou what are you smoking ??? With your years at manager how can you not even hint at pitching around Manny ??? Lou why did you continue to have your pitchers just throw the ball right down the tube to Manny??? Lou you have been one of my favs since late 60's as a minor leaguer in Portland but this might be your worst job at managing I've ever seen. This is not on the players this is you Lou failing by being a really bad leader. Lou did you have vacation plans or what ???

Umm...James Loney had as many RBI's as the Cubs did. As a team. Manny only drove in 3 and was walked 4 times.

nbetweennownthen said...

I think the Cubs might be the only organization to draw a bandwagon crowd without actually winning anything. I'm just saying.

gloom said...

Chicago Cubs: Giving Northsiders False Hope For Over 100 years!!!

bigcounrtywade said...

I know a few Cubs fans and I kinda feel bad for them. However, I've been to too many Rockies/Cubs games at Coors over the years and their fans are extremely rude. Granted the Rockies have had one good year, but what could possess a Cubs fan of all people to talk trash? So, based on those experiences I must say I am very happy to see the Cubs fail again. I hope it's another 100 years before they win the WS.

intermeup said...

I don't get why people think the Cubs will be different next year. Their starting rotation will be the same, unless Samardzija is stretched back out to be a starter, but then Jason Marquis will complain his way out of Chicago, which I guess can only help. Bottom line is, if Derek Lee leads off 5 times in a 3 game series (such as this one), there's issues at the top of the lineup.

It is beyond me, why a guy like Ryan Theriot, who had a .400 OBP almost the entire season is batting 8th. Yeah, you need to turn the lineup over, but if you have that in front of Lee and Ramirez, it neutralizes the joke of a leadoff hitter that Soriano is.

There are two things that need to change to give the Cubs a fighting chance in the playoffs. Theriot NEEDS to be the leadoff hitter, and Soriano has to suck up his pride and hit 5th. I don't care if it's 3 righties in a row.

This is why Dusty Baker AND Lou Piniella have been BEGGING for a leadoff guy such as Brian Roberts, and it's why trade rumors will start again.

Leadoff is the biggest weakness, and it sent ripples through the lineup.

jimoc0 said...

There's no excuses... there's no curse, no billygoat, no holy waters. Our team (Cubs fans) played like crap!
Period. Placing blame where it belongs is fair, and that includes the players and the manager.

Boo-ing doesn't make you a bad fan. It might mean just the opposite. If you play well and get beat, stand up and cheer your team's effort. When your team doesn't give an effort, whether it's 8 walks in game 1 or all the IF errors in game 2, we as a fandom have the right to voice our displeasure. I would venture to say that had the 3 run pop up that happened last night been in LA instead of Boston, the Angels fans would have had something to say about it. BTW, Cubs fans were up and cheering down 10-1 in the 9th of Game 2 when Lee & Ramirez got hits.

donjuan805 said...

as a dodgers fan. it makes me extremely happy to see the cubs lose. they can pout all offseason and blame the curse and blame lou pinella and everything else thats wrong with the cubs. cubs fans are a joke. you love your team when their wining, but when they lose you turn on them and want them to lose. its a joke.

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