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Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Cubs’

2011 National League Central Preview

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Cubs Carlos ZambranoPittsburgh Pirates
Strengths: Everyone on this team is young and a work in progress. 2B Neil Walker, 3B Pedro Alvarez, and OF Garrett Jones all have shown promise, but as long as they are playing in Pittsburgh, they won’t get much recognition. The addition of 1B Lyle Overbay will give the offense a much-needed boost.

Weaknesses: Pitching. They had a team ERA of 5.00 and lost 105 games last season. Need I say more?

Analysis: Hang on Pittsburgh fans, you are in for another long season. It probably won’t be as bad as last year, but you can expect another bottom-of-the-barrel performance. You have to give them credit for trying.

Prediction: 6th in NL Central

More 2011 NL Central Predictions after the jump >>

An Orgy of Playoff Baseball

Cole Hamels

Baseball got the real season started yesterday and what did we learn? After getting dominated by Cole Hamels, 3-1 (Hamels had nine strikeouts) it looks like the Brewers might need CC Sabathia to pitch the remaining games. Everyone of them.

Game 2 between Philly and Milwaukee is today at 6:00/5:00 Central. The pitchers are Sabathia and Brett Myers.

Most post season baseball after the jump >>

Meaningful Baseball Begins Tonight

World Series Trophy

Now that the Chicago White Sox finally took care of their regular season business, the mad dash for the World Series title — otherwise known as the Major League Baseball playoffs — begins tonight in earnest as three of the four divisional series are scheduled to begin. There are a ton of storylines to keep up with so we have a small series-by-series breakdown of what you can expect and some things to watch for as the games progress.

A preview of today’s games after the jump >>

Alfonso Soriano Needs Better Friends

Alfonso Soriano

Introducing yet another tale of athletes and their fans who like to become popular by posting suggestive photographs of themselves with said athlete on their public social networking profile. In this case, the involved parties are Alfonso Soriano and his sidekick and opportunist, Keri Wiesen.

Besides being another in a long line of attention whoring sycophants an adept social networker, Miss Weisen is also an accomplished poet. Her words helped inspire the caption in the lead image.

It’s becoming quite obvious most athletes are as oblivious about the workings of the Internet as Senator Ted “Bridge to Nowhere” Stevens and his legendary “series of tubes” brilliance. While Mark Cuban is reminding every athlete who will listen that, thanks to Josh Howard, camera phones aren’t our friends, folks like Alfonso Soriano continue pose for pictures with opportunistic fans who don’t care about the marriage status of the athletes they are being piggy-backed by.

Nor do they care about the privacy of these players when it comes to increasing their own popularity.

Granted, Wiesen is not completely to blame for posting these pictures. Maybe next time, Soriano or another athlete will be a little more thoughtful when it comes to who they take pictures with — and maybe the Kansas City Royals will win the World Series this year, too.

I’ll be holding my breath in anticipation. Call the doctors if I turn blue.