Posted at 9:50 AM on October 4, 2007
by Chris Dall
Well the beginning of the MLB playoffs certainly didn't disappoint, with good pitching, solid defense, timely hitting and one questionable managerial decision. Here are the pitching lines we saw yesterday.
Josh Becket: 9 IP, 0 earned runs, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts
Brandon Webb: 7 IP, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 9 strikeouts
Jeff Francis: 6 IP, 2 earned runs, 4 hits, 8 Strikeouts
Cole Hamels: 6.2 IP, 3 earned runs, 3 hits, 7 strikeouts
Carlos Zambrano: 6 IP, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts
John Lackey: 6 IP, 4 earned runs, 9 hits, 2 strikeouts
Pretty much all of these guys, with the exception maybe of Lackey, pitched well enough to win, and the Cubs might have won had Pinella kept Zambrano in the game.
Of course, now that we've moved past the aces, we might see some different scores in the following games. But yesterday was a good indication of why these teams are in the playoffs.