SportsNation Blog Archives Mark DeRosa
Five teams woke up Monday with at least 42 wins to their credit. One of them definitely won't make the playoffs. Don't worry, Tigers fans; we're not harshing your buzz just yet (although, come to think of it, 36 home runs from Brandon Inge and Curtis Granderson ... seriously?).
Instead, the math points to the AL East, where the Red Sox lead, the Yankees and Rays are rolling once again and the Blue Jays aren't exactly falling off the pace. So in the wake of the AL's domination of interleague play, how many of baseball's best teams reside in the same division?
A series between the White Sox and Cubs (especially one in Ozzie Guillen's favorite ivy-covered ballpark) is always a big deal. But as the Windy City rivals meet, neither has a winning record in a season in which both were discussed as potential playoff teams.
In April, the White Sox were the slighest of favorites in the AL Central, while a month earlier, the Cubs fared well as a team to beat in the NL.
Jay (Chicago, IL)
Besides the lack of hitting, are there any other weak spots, on the cubs? Defensively? Pitching? Weak bench? A chance for playoff run?
Remember, last year, they led the NL in offense, slugging, OBP and all the important categories. That helped their pitching staff. They were ahead a lot of times and had room to make mistakes. Now, when they're not scoring runs, it puts pressure on the pitching staff and the bullpen. If they get better offense and score some runs, you'll get better outings from their pitching staff. But the Cubs are not the same team they were last year. They were a close knit team. I don't see that this year. They got rid of DeRosa, who I thought was a good player. I said at the beginning of the year that they'd miss him. They're just not the same team. Full transcript.
We can understand if you don't make a regular habit of checking out the highlights when the Royals and Indians are involved, but when they start channeling Alfred Hitchcock movies, it's worth your time. Thursday's game between the two was one of four on the day in baseball that featured walk-off hits, but none of them were quite like this.
Aptly-named commenter Hawk31Eye offered this take:
"Coco is a good player, don't get me wrong, but so much would have had to go right on that play for him to even have had a chance to throw out DeRosa. There was a chance that Coco would have been able to throw out the runner, but theres probably a better chance that Coco would have won the lottery that day."
The mess in Cleveland may eventually take top honors, but for now, how would you rank five other memorable moments of nature upstaging competition?