What Went Right
- The Cubs anemic offense (currently 15th in runs scored) did some serious damage. David DeJesus reached base five times, Luis Valbuena collected three hits (not a typo), Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo picked up two hits each, and Brett Jackson added two doubles and two walks.
- Believe it or not, Cub batters walked 11 times. I’m playing the lottery tomorrow!
- K-Rod took the hill for the Brewers in the final frame (thank you). In case you missed it, he and his fellow mound mates racked up 205 pitches.
- Anthony Rizzo came through with a double in the 9th to tie the game. Alfonso Soriano followed with the winning knock.
- James Russell and Carlos Marmol didn’t allow an earned run.
- No errors for the defense.
What Went Wrong
- Four Cub pitchers basically threw batting practice today. The Brewers pounded out 17 hits, seven for extra bases. Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Jonathan Lucroy and the great Cody Ransom were especially lethal.
- Darwin Barney went 0-5, dropping his on-base percentage to .295.
- I didn’t get to see the first six innings. Bummer.
Not Exactly Nostradamus
Every March I get together with a group of fellow baseball freaks to make our official predictions for the upcoming season. Now that September is upon us, I thought it might be fun (or maybe embarrassing) to look back at my spring training random thoughts, gut feelings, crystal ball interpretations, etc. Here’s how I saw it a few months ago…
NL Central: Milwaukee, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Houston
For some strange reason I believed in the Brewers pitching staff. As of this writing, Milwaukee is 13th in ERA. Good call!
NL East: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington, Miami, NY Mets
The Nationals were a trendy pick, but I wasn’t drinking the Kool-Aid. Wrong again. At least I got the Marlins implosion right.
NL West: SF, Arizona, LA, Colorado, SD
Who would have guessed that Tim Lincecum would post a 5+ ERA? Can the Giants hold off the new-look Dodgers?
NL Wild Cards: Atlanta & Cincinnati
Looks like Dusty’s Reds will make the playoffs one way or the other, which still isn’t fun to say/type. Here’s hoping they get knocked out early.
AL Central: Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Minnesota
I couldn’t have been more wrong here. Cleveland was my “out of nowhere” contending team for 2012, and I thought the White Sox would be completely awful. Kudos to Chris from Illinois, who picked the White Sox to win the AL Central way back in March. Detroit may still bring home the division crown, but Robin’s crew isn’t going away.
AL East: NY Yankees, Boston, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Baltimore
I doubt even Buck Schowalter’s wife picked the Orioles to be competitive in 2012. Meanwhile, the Yankees keep rolling along.
AL West: Texas, LA/Anaheim, Oakland, Seattle
If the Angels can straighten out their bullpen, I may actually get this division right!
Wild Cards: Boston & LA/Anaheim
I really thought the Red Sox had too much talent for even Bobby Valentine to screw up. That’s what I get for thinking. By the way, the Angels were my pre-season pick to win it all. That prediction doesn’t look great right now, but of course anything can happen in the playoffs. If they make it.
Who was your World Series champ before the season began? Who would you pick now?