i say the suprises would be pie over monroe, and hart over ohman, but i like that we are keeping the young players in the fold
Glad to see Fontenot still on the roster. What surprises me a little more is Cedeno on the roster over the likes of Monroe or even Blanco - a bigger bat. And a little surprised to see Eyre get the nod over Ohman.
Can they redo this roster if the go to the NLCS? 3 (4) starters for a 7 game series??
Marquis- what a head case, how can he be so good early in the season and just fall off to nothing. Glad to see Soto on the roster and Blanco off, lets hope Soto keeps the hot bat going. I think the key as has been all year is Soriano. I also hope Fontenot and Theriot have a good series, I think they have that Eckstein X-factor to their game.
Go Cubs, Go Cyclones
Soto is getting the start tonight too. Hart has been great and the right handers have done well against lefties so I can see how he beat out Ohman. Monroe was a surprise but have to have some left handed bats on that bench too even if they are Pie and Fontenot. At least those 2 guys can come in and play some late inning defense if needed or pinch run.
Is the plan for Zambano to go in Game 4?
Dumb question: Do players left off the post season roster get to watch from the dugout and at least act like they are part of the team? It seems like a ***** that Marshall pitches as a quality 5th starter all year and then has to watch from home.
Think we all need a dose of Steve Goodman today. Hope we are hearing this in Wrigley this weekend: Go Cubs Go!
A surprising number of those players logged significant time with the Iowa Cubs this summer. That adds some interest for me, as a fan of the I-Cubs. Has Chicago lost a lot of players to injury this season or why are there so many positions available?
SOTO IS THE MAN. I predict this kid will come up big for us in the post-season. 2nd prediction, D Lee turns up the heat.
I say this is a very balanced roster that is right on track on who was hot towards the end of the season. You could have kepts some more "experienced" players, but if they are not doing their job, what good does that do.
I am more please to see Soto keep a spot. He is young, but if you use this quote of the day as a good reason.Quote:
"I don't think experience is a big deal. I didn't have any in '02 with the Giants. Robb Nen told me, it's just like the 'Hoosier' [movie] thing -- it's still 60 feet, 6 inches to the plate, it's still 90 feet to the bases. Crowds are going to boo you when you throw ball one, they're going to cheer you when you throw strike one. If someone gets a hit, it'll be run over and over again on TV. You have to forget it a little bit and think it's the same game." -- Eyre, on whether postseason experience matters.
Unfortunately no. You have to look at numbers again. Dempster honestly does have a pretty good closing percentage since being designated as a closer. With his experience as well, you HOPE that he can pull it through.
BUT, if it came to back to back games, I really wouldn't be surprised to see Marmol close one out. The Cubs need to keep all the fresh arms they can. They've had one of the best bullpens this year in the National League, and have done that with the current rotation they got.