All Star Loss Could Sting in October

For a team who owns the best home record (37-12) in baseball, the All Star loss for the NL last night could come back to haunt them in October. The AL’s victory gives the American League team home field advantge in the World Series this year, which the Cubs hope/expect to be a participant in. So last night’s NL loss could be significant for this Chicago Cubs team down the road this season.

Cubs players represented very will on the mound, but not so much at the plate:

  • Cubs pitchers: 4 shutout innings, 1 hit, 1 pick-off and 6 strikeouts. 
  • Cubs batters went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts plus a walk.

I think Clint Hurdle did a pretty decent job managing the game and the roster for the Nationals.  However, I don’t know how you let the cleanup hitter (Aramis Ramirez) on the National League’s most prolific offense (based on RBI, slugging, batting average, on-base pct, and runs scored) come to bat just one time in a game where runs are hard to come by. I guess you had to pinch run for him given the tie score in the 9th, but working him into the game an inning or two earlier, perhaps with runners on base, might have been a good plan.

So it seems the Cubs could not help themselves in bringing home field advantage to the National League for the World Series. Maybe this will prove to be a moot point, but for now it stings just a bit.

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    July 16, 2008   Posted in: All Star Game

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    1. atabull - July 16, 2008

      Maybe because Ramirez, like the Cubs, sucks away from Wrigley Field.

      His Home/Away split BA : .340/.235

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