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Old Sep 2nd 2008, 4:43 am
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Bad Ending to August shouldn't sour our best month

August was our best month of baseball

In March/April we went 17-10 (+7) .630
In May we went 18-11 (+7) .621
In June we went 15-12 (+5) .556
In July we went 15-11 (+4) .577
In August we went 20-8 (+12) .714


Sure, we lost the last 3 games of the month, but it was still our best month of the year. No need to worry at all. Lets keep the train rolling
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Old Sep 2nd 2008, 11:03 am
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I agree wholeheartedly. We haven't lost a series since Arizona beat us 2 out of 3 on July 21 - 23. So, if we just win the next two against Houston, we can keep that "loss-less series" run alive.

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I'll take a 7 game win streak then lose three anytime. Time to get on a tear again.

It's about peaking at the right time. Lou has them right on track
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I'll take a 7 game win streak then lose three anytime. Time to get on a tear again.

It's about peaking at the right time. Lou has them right on track


What about 4 in a row?????? We are definately not peaking
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Those two series against Milwaukee all of a sudden look huge, unfortunately, even more so with the Cubs september road trips.
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They came out of whatever offensive slump they had. But the key to todays loss was the early exit of Z that just threw the whole game in to a whirlwind and it was up for grabs at that point. The only thing that matters in this month is that the Magic # subtracts each day and today that happened.

You don't need to peek in September to have succes in the playoffs it's more so that you can secure a spot in the final 8 and they pretty much have it. Once you get into the Fall it's 0-0
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The key to today's game was Lou putting Howry on the mound in the middle of a tied game, especially since he has been used in 3 of the past 4 games I believe.

The Cubs should have a deep enough pen to get 4 innings
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You could say that but what started the chain reaction of bad was Z leaving the game wich by the way Cubs.com is saying he left "with arm soreness" whatever that means. Lou went with one of his long relief guys witch is Howry. Gaudin was not available. Who else would you have put in that early in the game?
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You could say that but what started the chain reaction of bad was Z leaving the game wich by the way Cubs.com is saying he left "with arm soreness" whatever that means. Lou went with one of his long relief guys witch is Howry. Gaudin was not available. Who else would you have put in that early in the game?
Why do we have to have these defined relief roles like 'long relief'??

Use your best relievers in your most crucial situations. Howry had been used in 3 of the 4 games, and Lou left him in after the first two batters got on without tow much trouble. Even Brenley was calling out how bad Howry was pitching.
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They are defined roles beacuase each point in the ball game has different levels of pressure. You burn Marmol,Wood, Samawhatever in the early innings who are you going to toss to close the show out Howry? If he burns the field with his freaking gas tank in the 5th you have 4 innings to make up the runs. If he dose it in the 8th or 9th then you are looking to make a comeback not only with limited outs but against the oppositions best relief.
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