Thursday, October 2, 2008

Squandered opportunities = Milwaukee and Chi Cubs find themselves in the 0-2 hole...

Two NLDS Game 2's were played this evening - and essentially knocked the wind out of two teams. The Milwaukee Brewers were beaten yet again on the road by the Philadelphia Phillies, by the score of 5-2. CC Sabathia gave up a grand slam to Shane Victorino, virtually sealing the Brewers fate, in what very well could be his final performance for the Brewers. Sabathia becomes a free agent at the end of this season - and despite his poor showing this evening, he will no doubt be very highly sought after.

In Chicago's North Side, the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers handed the Cubs yet another devastating blow, stomping the home team 10-3. Wrigley Field was rocked in the worst of ways by four Cubs errors, Manny Ramirez's home run, and both Russell Martin and Rafael Furcal's RBIs. The Dodgers outscored the Cubs over the last two games 17-5 (egad!). Joe Torre's Dodgers will return to Dodger Stadium Saturday with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound; he pitched a four-hitter against the Cubs back in June. Wonder what Chicago's odds look like in Vegas...

Incidentally, the only team to lose the first two games of the division series at home, and then come back to win all three remaining games, was the 2001 New York Yankees... managed by none other than Joe Torre.

Love for Joe Torre aside, I can only pray that the Phillies destroy the Dodgers in the NLCS.

As for the American League - I'm preparing for the all-out brawl that would be a Tampa Bay vs. Boston ALCS. Really, it might as well be on Pay-per-View. Each team's Game 2 is tomorrow, with the Rays hosting Chicago's other team, and Boston visiting the Angels.

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