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It became obvious in June that my Cubs would not be playing in the playoffs this year. While the Cubs are my favorite team by far, there are several teams I regularly cheer for unless their games negatively effect the Cubs: Braves, Red Sox, Rangers. This dumb new Wild Card playoff knocked out the remaining two of my top 4 teams. So, here are my thoughts on the current state of the MLB Playoffs.
Billy Beane is still not going to win the World Series anytime soon
Billy Beane’s Moneyball tactics are now being used by all the teams with more money than the A’s. The A’s are currently two games behind the Tigers. I don’t see his boys making a comeback against Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder. Although, it would make for a good sequel.
I Really Do Not Like the Reds
Both Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto have no class. Dusty Baker ruined Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. I have no love for the Cincinnati Reds. It looks like they’re going to beat the Giants, but I hope the Nationals mop the floor with them in the NLCS.
I’m Pulling for an Orioles vs Nationals World Series
As a Cubs fan, I typically cheer for the underdogs/historically bad teams in the playoffs. I think this would be an amazing series. These are regional rivals, and they both have been terrible in recent years.
How I want the Playoffs to Go
How I think the Playoffs will Actually Go
What do y’all think? Who do you think will win the World Series?
Until later friends…
So, the Cubs lost their 100 game of the season yesterday. This is the third time in their history that they have lost 100 games in a season. This is the first time it has happened since 1966. It is safe to say that this is the worst I have ever seen from my beloved Cubbies.
So, this season has seemed like an exercise in futility. In spite of all of this, there are some things that I liked about this season. Here they are in bulleted format:
- Dale Sveum is going to do great things for this team
I was really disappointed when Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the manager position, but I think Dale Sveum was a great choice. Sure, he lost 100 games in his first season, but no one expected a winning season. He has led the team to better defense. He has built a team atmosphere. I expect good things
- The Cubs are committed to young talent
Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson did not put up near the numbers that I hoped for. They struck out more times combined than most the other team. OK that was a slight exaggeration. They may not have been ready to compete on a Major League level, but this season was a wash and I think it was wise to give them some meaningful Major League experience. I expect good things next year.
- Darwin Barney can play second base really well
This season Darwin Barney tied the Major League record for errorless games at second base with 141 in a row. Considering he started off as a shortstop, this is great. One of the reasons I loved Ryne Sandberg was his superior fielding (.989 career fielding percentage). Glad to see a golden glove at 2B again. (There is no reason why Darwin Barney should not get the Golden Glove btw. Brandon Phillips does not deserve it this year)
- Alfonso Soriano can still hit
If you would’ve told me at the beginning of the season that Alfonso Soriano would hit 30+ homeruns, and have a career mark for RBIs, I would’ve made fun of you. Apparently Soriano can still hit. Hopefully this means we can deal him and his bloated contract in the offseason.
- Anthony Rizzo is going to be a Cubs hero
Rizzo was called up halfway through the season. If you take his current stats and extrapolate them to a full season, you have a 30 homerun/100 RBI hitting first baseman. This excites me to no end.
So, this season was awful. We probably won’t have a winning season next year either, but we certainly won’t lose 100 games again. This may be exactly the depth the Cubs needed to sink to in order to rise to the top. I have high hopes in the next few years. With consistent young stars in Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, and Anthony Rizzo, and with the potential of guys like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ future is bright. And it sure can’t get any darker than the present.
Until later friends…