Must. Win. Today.
There are four teams that have come back from a 0-2 deficit to win a Division Series. One of them was the 1995 Mariners, who finished the regular season with a 17-5 run to win the AL West, then came back against the Yankees after losing the first two games -- on the road. Their manager? Lou Piniella. 1995 was also the only season, before this year, where all four Division Series started 2-0.
Yes, I am well aware that was twelve years ago, and history isn't necessarily a predictor. But if anyone will have his team prepared to win the next three games -- and this Cub team has, as you know, tended to be a very streaky team -- it's Lou.
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Rich Hill faced the Diamondbacks on July 21 at Wrigley Field, gave them only one earned run in six innings, and got a no-decision; the Cubs lost that game when Bob Howry allowed a deciding HR to Stephen Drew. Hill threw great against the Reds a week ago in Cincinnati, giving them only one hit in six shutout innings. He has held all current D'backs to a .220 average in his career (9-for-41); the only current D'back who has homered off him is Eric Byrnes. Tonight, Hill becomes the 8th lefthander to start a postseason game for the Cubs (Ted Lilly, 2007; Steve Trout, 1984; Ray Prim, 1945; Larry French, 1935; Hippo Vaughn, 1918; Lefty Tyler, 1918; and Jack Pfiester, 1906-07-08, are the others).
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Discuss amongst yourselves.