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Well, there goes my Cubs in 4 prediction

I actually didn't see the game because I was traveling last night, but In reading the summary, it sure looked like another performance that was extremely rare during the regular season. 

Its always bothersome, when a club plays very well during the regular season and turns to play far below that when you are trying to win a championship in the playoffs.  It is one thing to get beat, but it is another to basically give games away and constantly give life to the other club (which is exactly what the Cubs have done so far).  There is tons of emotion, and folks are all over the place with placing blame; Fukudome, Piniella, the crowd, umpires, etc. etc..  Bottom line here, the team is collectively playing their worst baseball of the year, at the time when you need to be on top of your game.  The big question is - why is the team performing so poorly at the worst possible time?  Is it because this group of players can't handle the pressure of the playoffs and the constant reminders (from media) about the 100 year thing?  I really don't have an answer, but unless they collect themselves and win 3 straight (I'm not banking on it, after how the first two games have gone) you may have to look at the makeup of the club over the offseason.

In the playoffs, pitching and defense have to be the basis of how you win games, because the hitting is not always going to be there against good pitchers.  In game one, your best regular season pitcher had a horrid performance and basically handed the game over on a platter.  In game two, fielding plays that are typically made, give second life to your opponent and again, put the game on a platter for them.  A 3 game comeback is possible, but it will require 2-3 guys to put the team on their shoulders and set an example of how to turn it around.  Harden could be the start tomorrow from a pitching aspect, but I am not confident they have the type of hitters that will respond under these circumstances.  The Red Sox broke a long streak in 04 with a very loose club, and I just see this team as one that doesn't handle things quite the same way.  We'll see, but I am very dissappointed in how this team has failed to show up when it counts.

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