Monday, March 31, 2008

Cubs Picked to Win World Series--Is That a Good Thing?

On the eve of MLB's season, both Karl Ravech and John Kruk of ESPN's Baseball Tonight, picked the Cubs to win the World Series this year. Kruk picked the Cubs to beat the Cleveland Indians, and Ravech picked them to beat the Detroit Tigers. I would be happy with either one of those results. I thought about taking the video of Baseball Tonight, and converting it to You Tube, and posting it here, but alas, that would be a violation of copyright. If you didn't see their prediction, you'll just have to take my word about it.

The Cubs played their home opener, and dropped a 4-3 game to the Milwaukee Brewers in 10 innings. Neither closer was effective. Kerry Wood plunked the first batter he faced, and ended up giving up 3 runs in the top of the 9th. The Brewers brought in their new expensive closer, Eric Gagne, who gave up a single, a walk, then a 3-run homer to the new Cubs right fielder, Kosuke Fukudome, to tie the score in the bottom of the 9th. Fukudome had a slightly less than stellar Spring Training, but is now batting 1.000, having gone 3 for 3 today, including a double and a home run. Bobby Howry gave up a run in the 10th, and the Cubs were unable to score in the 10th, losing their first game of the season. There are 161 more to play. Maybe they can go 161-1 on the season! There is an off day tomorrow. I hope the Cubs even the Milwaukee series on Wednesday afternoon!

The most recent edition of Sports Illustrated that has made its way to my house (March 31, 2008) makes the prediction that the Cubs will make it to the World Series, but will lose to the series to the Detroit Tigers. Well they lost today too, to the lowly Kansas City Royals. Maybe there is hope for the Cubbies.

Eamus Catuli!

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