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russ99
07-22-2009, 10:42 PM
Scored 2 off Franklin in the 9th to steal the win. Looks like their stating pitching has finally fallen into place, and they've always had a competitive lineup.

Should be an interesting second half dogfight for the Weakest Division title...

october23sp
07-22-2009, 10:47 PM
Scored 2 off Franklin in the 9th to steal the win. Looks like their stating pitching has finally fallen into place, and they've always had a competitive lineup.

Should be an interesting second half dogfight for the Weakest Division title...

Neither of those teams is in the AL Central.:scratch::tongue:

chisoxfanatic
07-22-2009, 10:49 PM
I like how so many teams are in a log-jam right now there, so the Cubs really have no chance to pull away if they even get on any nice hot streak.

Tragg
07-22-2009, 10:55 PM
The Astros 3-5 rotation, really questionable at the start, has hung in well. And their top 2 are as good as any.

EuroSox35
07-22-2009, 11:54 PM
Is this going to be the script for the NL Central every year? Mediocre team rises to the top early, other mediocre and below-average team hang tough, all teams eventually beat each other up and the leader goes down, Cubs beat up on a team that has a fire sale every year and cruise to a division

EuroSox35
07-22-2009, 11:58 PM
Neither of those teams is in the AL Central.:scratch::tongue:

I'm guessing your kidding, but it annoys me that so many people who rip on the AL Central have no problem with the NL Central. If just compare straight records we see that the Sox would be much closer to the WC in the NL than they are now, but that's not even fair since their records are inflated since the league is much weaker. It's pretty clear to me, from interleague , to comparing the bottomfeeders (NL ones who have a fire sale every year to the Royals and Indians. I don't remember the Royals acting anywhere close to the Pirates, and the Indians aren't going to give up Cliff Lee or Sizemore. The one exception was Sabathia, only because his huge payday was coming up and they knew they weren't paying). I have little to no doubt teams like Toronto would cruise in the NL

PKalltheway
07-23-2009, 01:32 AM
I have little to no doubt teams like Toronto would cruise in the NL
Meanwhile, Toronto went a pretty pedestrian 7-11 in interleague play this year...

C-Dawg
07-23-2009, 06:06 AM
Is this going to be the script for the NL Central every year? Mediocre team rises to the top early, other mediocre and below-average team hang tough, all teams eventually beat each other up and the leader goes down, Cubs beat up on a team that has a fire sale every year and cruise to a division

Seems to be the case the past couple years. The Cubs can lose 7 of 10 yet somehow gain on the competition.

Tragg
07-23-2009, 08:55 AM
Meanwhile, Toronto went a pretty pedestrian 7-11 in interleague play this year...
Exactly.
Toronto got fat on....the Sox. No wonder people are jonesing for their players, but often it's about when you play someone.

whitem0nkey
07-23-2009, 10:05 AM
The Cubs are real lucky to still be in this race.



Here are the Cubs Major League ranks and numbers (out of 30 teams) in key offensive statistical categories:
Runs Scored 2009 (93 games played): 393 (24th)
Runs Scored 2008: 855 (2nd)
Batting Average 2009: .249 (27th)
Batting Average 2008: .278 (5th)
On-Base Percentage 2009: .323 (22rd)
On-Base Percentage 2008: .354 (2nd)
Slugging 2009: .400 (22nd)
Slugging 2008: .443 (5th)
OPS 2009: .723 (21st)
OPS 2008: .797 (3rd)
Stolen Base Percentage 2009: 61.4% (30th)
Stolen Base Percentage 2008: 72% (2nd)

kobo
07-23-2009, 10:10 AM
This seems to happen every year with the Astros. They play mediocre-average baseball the first half and then turn it on in the second half.

beasly213
07-23-2009, 10:19 AM
This seems to happen every year with the Astros. They play mediocre-average baseball the first half and then turn it on in the second half.

Yep. But this year the division is weak enough where they can win it.

october23sp
07-23-2009, 11:48 AM
The Cubs are real lucky to still be in this race.



Here are the Cubs Major League ranks and numbers (out of 30 teams) in key offensive statistical categories:
Runs Scored 2009 (93 games played): 393 (24th)
Runs Scored 2008: 855 (2nd)
Batting Average 2009: .249 (27th)
Batting Average 2008: .278 (5th)
On-Base Percentage 2009: .323 (22rd)
On-Base Percentage 2008: .354 (2nd)
Slugging 2009: .400 (22nd)
Slugging 2008: .443 (5th)
OPS 2009: .723 (21st)
OPS 2008: .797 (3rd)
Stolen Base Percentage 2009: 61.4% (30th)
Stolen Base Percentage 2008: 72% (2nd)

What's funny is that last year at this time a "Chicago World Series" was all the talk of mainstream sports media. Now it's not even an option to them it seems but both Chicago teams are knocking on the division lead.