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2004-10-01 10:53
by Scott Long
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Will Carroll can still be found at Baseball Prospectus.

Looking a little more closely at the Cubs debacle against the Reds, it's even more pathetic. The Stud starting pitchers the Reds put up against the Cubs were Aaron Harang, Josh Hancock, and Luke Hudson. The relief pitchers the Reds put up in these games were John Riedling (5.21 ERA), Gabe White (6.94), Jose Acevedo (6.01), Juan Padilla (7.11), Mike Matthews (6.52), Todd Van Poppel (6.12), and Joe Valentine (5.40). This group gave up a total of 7 runs over a 3 game period.

The first question after listing this staff is "who are most of these guys", the second would be did they pitch for the Rockies and get traded before the Cubs series. The Cubs lineup has more impressive hitting pasts of any NL team outside of St. Louis, but they managed 1 run and 3 runs in two consecutive 12 run games. Watching this series, you would think that all the position players for the Cubs were celebrating some religious holiday, ala Shawn Green, and just decided to rest during their at bats. Will is right, the Cubs don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

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