Chicago Cubs Clinch Championship

September 22, 2008 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

(in Monty Python Voice) “And now for something completely different!”

I am a little late in posting this as the Cubs did this on Saturday. But my weekend was so full I had little time for anything and too tired to care. My wife and I worked all last week and into the weekend doing final cleanup on an investment property. Sunday was the first open house and we were just finishing up as the Realtor arrived to setup. I’ll save you the boredom of what we went through on this place and move on to the import things, The Cubs!

The Chicago Cubs have lead the Central Division of the National League the entire year except for a few short days where they were tied for first near the All Start game. They also had the best record by any Major League team for most of the season. By beating the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday the Cubs were the first team to clinch a spot in the post season. This could be the year that the Cubs win it all. It has been 100 years since the Cubs have won the World Series. It has also been 100 years since they have clinched back to back championships.

A few things that I think helped this team improve over last year were the acquisition of Kosuke Fukudome from Japan, Geovany Soto moving up from the minor leagues into the starting catcher position, Ryan Dempster moving from closing to starting pitcher and Kerry Wood moving from starter to closer.

Kouske’s approach to the plate is slow, methodical and very productive. I can see where other Cubs players have learned patience at the plate from him. This trickle down effect has made the Cubs a much better batting team. Kouske is not only good for the Cubs at the plate but he has had some phenomenal defensive plays in right field. Kouske along with Gwovany Soto were two of very few players to ever play in the All Star game their rookie season. The Cubs sent 8 players to the mid season classic though two did not play due to injury.

Soto showed some promise at the end of last season when he was called up. This year he has taken control of the pitching staff behind the plate full time. His ability to read the pitcher and call the right pitch as won over the fans and pitchers alike. He is even able to calm down the very emotional Carlos Zambrano. This is very evident in the no hitter that Carlos pitched earlier this month against the Houstan Astros.

Ryan Dempster made a big change this off season by switching from being the Cubs closer last year to the leading starter this year. Over the weekend Dempster won his team leading 17th game of the season. He also leads the cubs in strike outs with 183.

Switching places with Dempster was Kerry Wood. Wood has had problems with his pitching shoulder the last few seasons that have kept him out of the line up. Last season he tried pitching in relief and was able to do well and not aggravate his arm. This year so far he has saved 32 games out of 38 opportunities.

What is up for the Cubs next? Time will tell. This is the last week of the regular season and during this time it looks like Manager Lou Piniella will let the starting players rest some and set up his pitching rotation for the post season. As of today we are not sure who the Cubs will face in the first round. I just hope that it is not a repeat of last season where they were swept out of the playoffs by the Florida Marlins.

Game On!

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