Monday, October 6, 2008
"It's Gonna Happen!"
Yeah, maybe. It just depends on what you mean by "it."
This may be the dumbest, most annoying, most overused sign/slogan in sports today.
Every time you see/hear this phrase in regards to your favorite team, hit the panic button. I believe this was the same slogan for the Missouri football team last year.
If by "it," you mean higher gas prices, more hilarious Tina Fey/Sarah Palin impersonations or the Cubs having another October meltdown, well then duh!
After posting the best record in the NL this season, the Chicago Cubs pulled another traditional October by not showing up.
Hiroki Kuroda was able to tame the Cubs' mostly right handed lineup and the Dodgers had no problem sweeping the punchless Cubs. You knew it was over when Derek Lee K'd and threw his helmet to the ground. You could feel the team's frustration.
Chicago had many chances, but continued to shoot themselves in the foot. For the entire three game series, the Cubs were 5-28 with runners in scoring position. The defense contributed a total of 6 errors, including 4 in Game 2. The hard luck franchise has now lost 9 playoff games in a row dating back to the 2003 collapse against the Florida Marlins.
Alfonso Soriano finished the Series 1-14, .071 batting average. The past two years Soriano's 3-28 in 6 postseason loses for Chicago.
In 9 postseason series overall, Soriano is batting .213. Good thing the Cubs have him locked up through 2014.
Soriano's post season numbers make fellow All Stars Vladimir Guerrero and Alex Rodriquez look solid in the post season.
In 5 post season series', Guerrero is batting .250 with 1 HR and 7 RBI's in a total of 19 playoff games.
In this 2008 ALDS against Boston, Vlad has finally broken out of his post season slump batting .583 but has yet to drive in a run. Last night the Angels finally snapped an 11 game playoff losing streak against the Red Sox dating back to Donnie Moore and 1986.
The Angels have blown far too many chances stranding runners in scoring position. Anaheim has 36 hits and only 11 runs through 3 games.
As for A-Rod? In 10 Post season series', he's batting .279 with 7 HR and 17 RBI's in 39 total games.